Alphabet Inc’s Google has revealed that its employees would lose pay and eventually would be fired if they refuse to comply with the company’s Covid-19 vaccination mandate.
As per a memo circulated by Google’s leadership, employees will need to disclose their vaccination status and upload the relevant documentation showing proof before the 3rd of December. Employees can also apply for a medical or religious exemption, according to the memo. The company stated that it will start contacting employees didn’t upload their status or were unvaccinated, and whose exemption requests weren’t approved.
Non-compliant employees will be placed on a “paid administrative leave” for 30 days. Consequently, the company will put them on a “unpaid personal leave” for up to six months, finally followed by a termination. Google’s vaccine mandate did receive some resistance from its employees as several hundred employees signed and circulated a manifesto opposing the mandatory policy.
In the latest guidance, Google listed some options for those who don’t wish to get vaccinated. The company stated that employees can explore if there’re any roles at Google that don’t conflict with the executive order. For employees whose role happen to fall outside the scope of the executive order and can be performed out of the office, the company said such employees will be able to work remotely permanently.
Google failed to respond immediately to a request for a comment. Google recently delayed its return-to-office plan indefinitely amid fear of the Omicron variant.