Google seems to have zero tolerance for employees who are not following the Covid rules. Google has warned its employees that they will lose pay and will eventually be fired from the company if they do not get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. The company has reportedly issued a memo to the employees to warn them of the consequences if they do not get the vaccination doses.
In the memo obtained by CNBC, Google gave a deadline till December 3 to its employees to submit the vaccination details. Employees were also given the option to apply for a medical or religious exemption by December 3. The memo said that after the deadline, the employees who had failed to submit any documents regarding their vaccination status will be personally contacted by the company. The employees whose exemption requests were not approved by the company will also be pulled up.
Google in the memo said that the employees who fail to comply with the vaccination rules by Jan 18 will be placed on “paid administrative leave” for 30 days. Post which, they will be put on “unpaid personal leave” for six months. If they don’t get vaccination even then, they will be asked to leave the company.
Google has not denied the policy. The company spokesperson Lora Lee Erickson told The Verge, “As we’ve stated before, our vaccination requirements are one of the most important ways we can keep our workforce safe and keep our services running. We’re committed to doing everything possible to help our employees who can get vaccinated do so, and firmly stand behind our vaccination policy.”
Google recently pushed its return-to-office plans for employees. Previously, Google required its workforce to return to office by January 2022. However, the sudden rise in Omicron cases has forced many big tech companies to push back their return to office plans.
, As per CNBCGoogle’s security VP, Chris Rackow, informed the US employees that they will wait for the new year to assess whether the employees can return to the office or not. The email revealed that none of the US offices will adapt the hybrid work model that required the employees to return to the office by January 10.