Google employees are required to be vaccinated by the end of January in the United States. Anyone who refuses could be fired.
As the Omicron variant hits the United States heavily, Google has decided to impose vaccination on its employees. The information fell on Tuesday, December 14, on the CNBC site, which had access to an internal letter intended for employees.
Going on@CNBCTechCheckat 8:40 PT to discuss my report on Google execs telling employees they’ll lose pay and eventually employment if they don’t comply with Covid-19 vax policies. https://t.co/9ZQLWtfz6j
– Jennifer Elias (@jenn_elias) December 15, 2021
In the memo, it is detailed the procedure leading potentially to an end of contract. It is indicated that employees have until January 18 to present a vaccination certificate. Otherwise, unvaccinated employees will be placed on “paid administrative leave” for a period of 30 days. If at the end of this period still no certificate is presented, the employee is placed on “unpaid personal leave” for a maximum period of six months. Beyond this period, the employee will be dismissed.
However, Google leaves the possibility of justifying the impossibility of vaccination for medical or religious reasons. This exception will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Google is not alone in imposing vaccination
These measures are put in place to anticipate the law initiated by Joe Biden aiming to impose vaccination. Currently pending, it concerned all employees working in companies with more than 100 people.
The Alphabet group is not the only one to anticipate Joe Biden’s law. Indeed, other groups such as Disney or the Goldman Sachs bank have decided to impose vaccination on their employees.
In addition, New York has already started to toughen these measures by imposing vaccination on all employees in the private sector. The measure was announced earlier this month by Bill Blasio, the mayor of New York.