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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in Santa Ana, Calif. New U.S. studies released on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 show COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective, especially against hospitalizations and death, even against the extra-contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Pres. Joe Biden recently announced new COVID-19 vaccine mandates amid the surge of the delta variant, including a mandate that businesses with more than 100 employees must require employee vaccinations or be subject to weekly testing.

Biden ordered some industries, like healthcare facilities that receive federal funds, must get vaccinated without the COVID-19 testing option to opt out.

As federal unemployment benefits expire and more people return to the workforce, many may choose to opt for a job without a vaccine requirement. But if a business requires the vaccine, and you choose not to take it, could you lose out on unemployment benefits?

A spokesperson with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) said it depends on the circumstances of the claim.

Heidi Saucedo with DETR said the agency would evaluate all claims on a case-by-case basis and would evaluate the claim in the same way as if someone knowingly violated an employer policy.

"DETR would analyze whether a discharge for failure to comply with a vaccine requirement is misconduct or whether a quit due to a vaccine requirement is for good cause," Saucedo said. "To determine good cause we would look at the employer’s policy, the nature of the work being performed, the claimant’s personal circumstances and any other relevant facts."

Some Republican governors have vowed the challenge the new mandates from the Biden administration in court.

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According to Alan Dershowitz, a brilliant legal scholar and professor - and a Democrat - Joe Biden CANNOT legally mandate vaccines. Only Congress, he says, can pass a mandate law. He can encourage, suggest, invite, even try to coerce. But he has no legal ground to stand on to do a federal nationwide vaccine mandate. Now. If business and people would stop getting scared spitless and stand their ground legally, this will go away. Unless, of course, Congress passes a law.

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