Businesses awaiting answers on vaccine mandate questions, inventory challenges for small retailers, and a potential estuarine reserve in Connecticut are among the top business news items this morning.
Businesses are awaiting further guidance from the Biden administration on how its proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers with at least 100 workers will be put in place. Common questions include who covers the cost of required testing for exempted unvaccinated employees and whether the mandate will apply to remote workers.
Major retailers are competing to secure adequate inventory stocks for fourth quarter holiday shopping as shipping delays and Asian factory shutdowns related to COVID-19 create a risk of insufficient supply. The situation could create more of a crunch for smaller competitors, who are less capable of competing with larger chains for available space on container ships.
Southeastern Connecticut could see its first National Estuarine Research Reserve in the waters of Long Island Sound. The reserves are designed to protect coastal estuaries and improve access for research efforts while still retaining recreational options.