Google will fire unvaccinated employees2021-12-15 18:15 by Daniela
Google is threatening to fire employees who don't comply with the company's strict COVID-19 vaccination rules as it pushes to reopen offices, according to a report.
A memo circulated by leadership said employees had until Dec. 3 to declare their vaccination status and upload documentation showing proof, or to apply for a medical or religious exemption. The company said after that date it would start contacting employees who hadn't uploaded their status or were unvaccinated, as well as those whose exemption requests weren't approved.
Unvaccinated employees who don't comply by Jan. 18 would be put on paid administrative leave for 30 days, following which the company would put them on unpaid personal leave for up to six months. Employees who still refused to be vaccinated would then be terminated.
The current US administration has ordered large US companies to ensure their staff are either fully vaccinated or regularly tested by January 18, though a federal court has halted that process for now.
"We expect that almost all roles at Google in the US will fall within the scope of the executive order," the memo said. "Anyone entering a Google building must be fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation that allows them to work or come onsite."
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