As the return to the office is gradually being organized, some large American technology companies are announcing that vaccination will be compulsory for their employees. Faced with the expansion of the Delta variant, companies find themselves forced to slow down the return to face-to-face and to impose new measures ranging from wearing a mask to compulsory vaccination.
In the United States, employers are able to require proof of vaccination from employees, barring medical exceptions or religious objections, according to the United States Federal Agency for Enforcement of Laws Against Discrimination in the Workplace (EEOC) .
The vaccine is compulsory for employees
- Google: “Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep us and our communities healthy in the months to come.“, said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google in a note sent to staff on July 28. The Mountain View firm has indicated to make vaccination compulsory for its employees who must return to the offices in the coming weeks. Scheduled for September 1 , the face-to-face return has been postponed until October 18, the CEO also announced. The company’s new vaccination policy will be implemented in the United States in the coming weeks and then in other regions around the world as over the following months, said Sundar Pichai.
In France, tech companies are not affected
In France, the bill relating to the management of the health crisis – adopted on July 26 but which still has to be examined by the Constitutional Council – makes vaccination against Covid-19 compulsory for people working in the health and medical sectors. -social, except medical contraindication, from September 15, 2021.
From August 30, 2021, the health pass, including the presentation of proof of vaccination, a negative test or a certificate of recovery, will be required for people working in bars and restaurants, shopping centers on decision of the prefect of the department in the event of risk of contamination, in seminars as well as in public transport for long journeys.
As a result, large technology companies with offices in France cannot currently require their employees to present proof of vaccination to return in person.