In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow workers to collect unemployment benefits if they’re fired for refusing to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Generally speaking, if a worker is fired for failing to adhere to certain workplace policies, that worker is ineligible for unemployment benefits, but in this era of the COVID pandemic, many of the historic rules have been tossed aside. The new laws in the aforementioned states also simplifies the process and qualifications for obtaining certain exemptions from workplace vaccine mandates. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reports that a number of other states, Arkansas, New York and Wisconsin, among others, have similar proposals pending with more expected when legislatures reconvene after the New Year. The NCSL also reports that 57% of “large” businesses have a vaccine mandate plan ready to be implemented should the courts give approval to the Biden mandate.