US businesses take different paths after Supreme Court ruling against Biden mandate for large employers
Citigroup, which has about 65,000 employees in the US, said it had reached 99% compliance a day before the January 14 deadline, which the bank asked to vaccinate US workers or request accommodation for medical or religious reasons. was determined for.
“Our goal is always to have everyone in Citi, and we sincerely hope that all of our partners will take action to comply,” Sarah Wechter, the company’s head of human-resources, said in a LinkedIn post Thursday evening following the high court’s ruling.
According to people familiar with the matter, the bank had earlier told employees that anyone who is still unvaccinated would be put on unpaid leave. His employment will end on January 31, the people said. Vaccinations were still coming as of late Friday and city officials expected about 200 workers to be placed on leave, one of the people said.
Citigroup and GE announced vaccine requirements for US employees in October, when the Biden administration said it would require large employers and government contractors to implement vaccination mandates. Both companies consider the US government to be an important client.
As of early 2021, GE had about 56,000 employees in the US originally told they needed vaccinations or religious or medical accommodations in early December. It suspended that policy in December when a court challenge temporarily blocked the rule for federal contractors.
Manufacturers still required U.S. employees to show proof of vaccination or submit them for testing under a White House mandate for companies with more than 100 workers, unless the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked that policy .
GE on Friday suspended its remaining COVID-19 vaccine requirements, a spokeswoman said. The company said most US employees have been vaccinated and that it was on track to comply with a federal contractor executive order prior to the court injunction.