'No jab, no job' | Google threatens to sack unvaccinated workers

Google threatens to sack unvaccinated workers

Tech Giant Google was this week one of the first major employers to confirm that it was considering making coronavirus vaccination a mandatory condition of working for the company.

The multi-national company reportedly released an internal memo to staff stating that new regulations within its US arm would mean that those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could be put on forced leave and then let go from the company if they fail to follow its COVID-19 rules, as reported by CNBC.

According to the internal memo, Google gave its employees until December 3 to upload proof of vaccination or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption. It added that anyone who fails to follow these criteria by January 13 will then be placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave.

If after this period they still refuse to comply, they could face unpaid leave for up to six months and then be terminated, according to CNBC.

“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,” Google Spokesperson, Lora Lee Erickson, recently told The Verge.

“We’re committed to doing everything possible to help our employees who can get vaccinated do so, and firmly stand behind our vaccination policy,” she added.

Whilst this case is based in the US, the ramifications for those based in the UK are clear; companies like Google are starting to take more hard-line approaches to vaccination policies, and forced vaccine-related terminations in the US may soon make their way across the pond.

In fact, we’re already seeing tougher measures in England for those who refuse vaccination. The Government introduced stringent ‘no jab, no job’ policies across many areas of the NHS and the care industry in recent months.

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When asked if mass firings could take place for those who refused to be vaccinated, Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, noted at the Tory party conference recently that he said he was considering it.

A Sunday Times article recently alleged that Javid has opted to press ahead by introducing legislation that will make vaccinations ‘a condition of employment’ for health workers, in a move mirroring the decisions of President Biden in the US. This could well create a similar precedence for leaders across other industries.

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