Reuters reports that US Citigroup employees who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 could be fired. At the same time, in making the final decision, the employer must take into account the medical and religious factors that may prevent the employee from being vaccinated.
According to a Reuters reporter who discovered the internal Citigroup memo, unvaccinated bank employees were sent on unpaid leave, and possible layoffs will be decided by the end of the month. The management decision of the company should be dictated by the position of the administration of President Joe Biden, for which it is important that companies representing government interests fully vaccinate employees.
Therefore, US Bank was the first of the other major Wall Street banks to adopt stricter vaccination laws. Until now, Citigroup had a policy of promoting the vaccine from October 2021, but it was not required.
Data provided by Reuters shows that approximately 90 percent of bank employees are vaccinated, while others have worked far away. At the same time, Citigroup pointed out that the bank would also take into account additional considerations arising from the law of a given state, such as a physician-confirmed immunization or vaccine-induced vaccine discrepancies when deciding to lay off.
So far, two major US companies have opted for a “no-job, no-work” policy – Google oraz United Airlines.
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