Citigroup sticks to its Covid-19 vaccine mission, while GE abandons its rules

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Two American companies are going in opposite directions after The Supreme Court is blocked Fifth, the Biden administration stipulates that major employers require their employees to get vaccinated or submit test records.

Citigroup, which has about 65,000 employees in the US, said it was 99% compliant a day before a January 14 deadline the bank had set for US workers to get vaccinated or require medical accommodation. religion.

“Our goal has always been to keep people at Citi, and we sincerely hope all of our colleagues take action to comply,” Sara Wechter, the company’s chief human resources officer, said in a statement. Thursday’s LinkedIn post follows the high court’s decision.

The the bank previously told the employee According to people familiar with the matter, anyone who remains unvaccinated will get unpaid leave. These people said their jobs will end on January 31. Saturday, after a last-minute vaccination, about 150 employees were laid off, one resident said. They can continue their work if they comply at the end of the month.

General Electric has suspended its remaining Covid-19 vaccine claims.


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Citigroup and GE announced vaccine requirements for US employees in October, after the Biden administration said major employers and government contractors will be required to execute vaccination duties. Both companies consider the US government as an important customer.

At the beginning of 2021, GE had about 56,000 employees in the US. Initially, GE said it was required to get vaccinated or seek religious or medical accommodation in early December. It suspended that policy in December after a challenge court temporarily blocked the rule for federal contractors.

Manufacturers still require U.S. employees to show proof of vaccinations or submit for testing as mandated by the White House for companies with more than 100 workers, until the Supreme Court blocks it. that book on Thursday.

On Friday, GE suspended its remaining Covid-19 vaccine claims, a spokesman said. The company said most of its US employees are vaccinated and that they are complying with a federal contractor’s operating order prior to the court order.

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