Google plans to apply these quarantine guidelines to its US business sites first, and to apply it to overseas offices in more than 50 countries in consideration of local laws and conditions. Google employs over 135,000 people worldwide.
In a statement on the same day, Facebook said it would “require all employees who go to work in the United States to be vaccinated.” “For those who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons, we will have other procedures in place,” said Laurie Goller, Facebook’s vice president of human resources.
Initially, companies were reluctant to make vaccines mandatory due to employee backlash and concerns about lawsuits. However, as the return to the office was repeatedly delayed due to the recent spread of the delta mutation and the stagnant inoculation rate, special measures were taken.
Legal experts have advised employers have the power to make vaccination mandatory for their employees, but alternatives, such as those who refuse to be vaccinated for religious reasons, should be created. Apple has re-mandatory masks in stores in the U.S. and advised store employees to get vaccinated. Earlier this month, Apple delayed the reopening of its offices from September to October.
State governments are also pressured to vaccinate civil servants. New York State has announced to its officials that starting September 6, if you don’t bring your vaccination certificate, you’ll have to be tested for COVID-19 every week. U.S. President Joe Biden is also expected to announce on the 29th that all federal government employees will be vaccinated.
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