Google says unvaccinated employees will lose pay, eventually be fired
Google has told employees they must get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 18 or face a series of escalating consequences that will include pay deductions and the eventual loss of their jobs, according to an internal memo to staff obtained by CNBC.
A memo said the company would contact employees who hadn't declared their vaccination status and uploaded proof of vaccination — or applied for an exemption on medical or religious grounds — by Dec. 3.
Unvaccinated employees who don't comply by Jan. 18 would be put on paid administrative leave for 30 days, following which the company would put them on unpaid personal leave for up to six months. Employees who still refused to be vaccinated would then be terminated.
The memo also added that "anyone entering a Google building must be fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation that allows them to work or come onsite."
It has also made it clear that it will not consider testing for COVID-19 regularly as an alternative to the vaccine.
"Frequent testing is not a valid alternative to vaccination," the memo added per 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," a Google spokesperson told The Hill in a statement.