Governor Signs COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Law

Date: December 03, 2021

On Nov. 23, following a special legislative session, Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law legislation that requires all employers, public or private sector, to accommodate employee requests for relief from COVID-19 vaccine requirements on the ground that the requirement would violate a sincerely held religious belief of the employee and forbids employers from “inquiring into the sincerity of the request” by the employee.

As a result of this new state law, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued a statement advising employers not to question the religious beliefs of employees who claim waiver from vaccine mandate. His full statement can be viewed here:

LINK: AG Derek Schmidt advises employers not to question the religious beliefs of employees who claim waiver from vaccine mandate

If you have questions or concerns about compliance with this law, we recommend that you talk to your trusted human resources or employment law advisor. 

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