Some prominent US trade groups are taking issue with the Biden administration's vaccine rules for private businesses with 100 or more employees.
The administration announced Thursday that those rules, as well as those for certain health care workers and federal contractors, will take effect Jan. 4.
The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, called the new rules "burdensome" for retailers "during the crucial holiday shopping season."
“It is critical that the rule not cause unnecessary disruption to the economy, exacerbate the preexisting workforce shortage or saddle retailers, who are already taking considerable steps to keep their employees and customers safe, with needless additional requirements and regulatory burdens,” said David French, senior vice president for government relations, in a statement.
Associated Builders and Contractors — or ABC, a trade group representing the construction industry, said the new rules are "likely to increase compliance costs and cause regulatory burdens that will exacerbate several headwinds facing the construction industry — which is currently facing a workforce shortage of 430,000, escalating materials prices and supply chain bottlenecks."
“ABC will be participating in the rulemaking process and plans to assess additional actions, which may include facilitating industry compliance and/or filing a legal challenge,” Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, said in a statement.