Goldman Sachs will require its US bankers to disclose whether or not they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a scheduled return to office next week.
In a memo sent to staff and seen by the The Washington City Times, Goldman told employees that answers were needed by noon US eastern daylight time on Thursday.
“By registering your vaccination status, we can plan for a safer return to the office for all of our people, while continuing to adhere to local public health measures,” the bank said in the memo.
“While we strongly encourage you to get a Covid-19 vaccine, we understand that the choice to have you vaccinated is a personal one,” the memo said.
Goldman’s disclosure requirement exemplifies the complexity for employers to ensure a return to office life after the massive disruption of the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley partnered with Capsule to host an employee vaccine clinic at its Times Square headquarters, according to a person briefed on the matter.
Goldman aims to bring American staff back to the office on Monday, the Wall Street firm told employees last month.
To encourage staff to get vaccinated, Goldman began offering employees half a day of paid leave in March to get their shots.
Goldman had previously told staff they could voluntarily reveal whether or not they had been vaccinated, and that employees could work in the office without a mask if they were vaccinated.
US banks such as Goldman have opted for a more aggressive return to office compared to the gradual approach favored by European banks.
Last month, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, launched a passionate defense to return to the office, stating that he was canceling all future Zoom meetings because he was “done.”
“We want people to go back to work, and I believe it will be back to work sometime in September, October,” said the head of JPMorgan, who has told workers they will be back on a rotational basis. have to be in the office. next month.
Goldman’s requirement that employees share their vaccination status is a stricter policy than the other Wall Street rivals currently enacting. At JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley, the disclosure is still voluntary, according to people who have been informed about the matter.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified in December that companies can ban employees from the workplace if they refuse to be vaccinated, subject to religious and medical exemptions.
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