Effective on February 6, 2024, Senate Bill 7 prohibits private employers in Texas from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment.
The law applies to all private employers, contractors, and job applicants in the state. Under the law, employers cannot:
However, it is important to highlight that healthcare facilities are granted an exception, allowing them to implement “reasonable policies” based on the risk employees may pose to patients.
The Texas Workforce Commission will investigate complaints and impose fines of up to $50,000 per violation.
To adhere to the new legislation, employers should take the following steps: