With the recent rise of the Delta variant, many major American companies are now requiring full-time employees to get vaccinated before returning to the office.
In the past few weeks, more employers announced plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for workers who report to in-person offices. Cases for the novel coronavirus continue to rise due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, which now makes up more than half of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
The government-run U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated it is legal under federal law for companies to require their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, with a few exceptions related to other health complications, pregnancy and religious beliefs.
Some employees who have filed lawsuits against their employers over vaccine rules have been unsuccessful. These are “not very strong legal arguments,” Allison Hoffman, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, recently claimed. Some employees, like one sheriff in North Carolina, were terminated for refusing to comply with an employer’s vaccine policy, and were terminated. The lawsuit is pending in federal court, according to ABC.
Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are forcing pay cuts on some employees who chose to work remotely.
Here is a list of U.S. companies that are mandating at least some of their workforce get vaccinated against COVID-19:
“We did not come to these decisions lightly, and we understand it may take some time to process, which is why we are providing you with time to prepare,” Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn wrote to employees.
has stopped short of mandating vaccines at its offices, but has asked employees to disclose their vaccination status to the company.
Reporting vaccine status is being done voluntarily at this time, but is being encouraged for both at-home and in-person employees.
“As Apple’s COVID-19 response continues to evolve, our primary focus remains keeping our team members, their friends and families, and our entire community healthy,” Apple said in a September memo.
will only allow vaccinated workers to come into their U.S. offices during the company’s “re-acclimation period” in July and August, a company spokesperson told MarketWatch.
BlackRock changed its vaccine policy after employees said they would feel better if their colleagues in the office were vaccinated, according to a Bloomberg report.
Capital One Financial Corp. has delayed its office reopening, but says when they do return to the office, employees have to be fully vaccinated.
“Unfortunately, we have watched the Delta variant tear a hole through the steady course of improvement in COVID-19 outcomes that we had been experiencing,” Capital One
Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank wrote in an email to employees.
Employees at the company’s offices in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia “will be expected to return at least two days a week and vaccination is required” starting Sept. 13.
“Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees,” Disney said in a statement.
Workers must also complete mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing, regardless of vaccination status. In addition to the vaccine mandate, people in common areas like hallways, gyms and cafeterias must wear masks.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
In addition, all workers who are planning to go back to Google offices in October must be vaccinated.
said Wednesday that it will require all U.S. office employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15.
“Our top priority throughout the pandemic has been — and will continue to be — the health and safety of our associates,” said Chief Executive Steve Bratspies. “We believe that vaccination is the best way for our associates to protect themselves, their families and their communities against the virus.”
“We require that, after Labor Day, anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to work from home,” company executives Rich Handler and Brian Friedman wrote.
The ride sharing company has postponed its return to office plans from September to February 2022. Lyft
CEO Logan Green says it will require employees to provide proof of vaccination upon re-entering the company’s offices.
Similar to Uber, Lyft’s vaccine mandate does not apply to Lyft drivers. Both ride-sharing companies have offered discounted or free rides to vaccination sites in parts of the U.S.
This rule does not apply to workers at McDonald’s franchises throughout the United States.
As of September, Microsoft
will require employees, vendors and guests to show proof of vaccination upon entering company facilities in the United States.
“As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we continue to closely track new developments and adapt our plans as this situation evolves, keeping employee health and safety top of mind,” the company said in a statement.
Investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley
is also making vaccines a requirement for in-person employees, but with a slight adjustment.
The company will also not allow any clients who have not been vaccinated to enter its headquarters in New York City.
NBCUniversal pushed its reopening plans from Labor day to Oct. 18 at the earliest.
“Recent developments, including the rise in regional positivity rates due to variants and breakthrough cases, and guidance from medical experts and authorities have led us to the conclusion that we need to alter our approach,” Comcast Corp. Chief Administration Officer Adam Miller said to employees.
Miller later stated that when the company returns to its offices in the U.S., it will require employees be fully vaccinated.
According to Deadline, Netflix
will soon require vaccinations for people working in “Zone A,” which consists of actors and in-person production staff. It’s unclear if Netflix’s corporate offices will also follow this reported vaccine mandate.
Netflix did not immediately respond to MarketWatch’s request to comment on this story.
Saks Fifth Avenue
“We need to be much more office-based,” CEO Marc Metrick told the Times.
The Washington Post
Employees at The Washington Post will soon be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination as a “condition of employment,” according to Publisher Fred Ryan.
The company is planning on reopening all offices three days a week on Sept. 13. Contractors and guests entering the offices will also be required to show proof of vaccination.
closed both its San Francisco and New York offices in July as COVID-19 cases in those areas began to spike.
The social media giant previously said it would allow employees to work remotely on a permanent basis if they want, and require proof of vaccination for employees returning to the office.
Tyson Foods Inc.
has informed its U.S. workforce that it will require vaccinations by Nov. 1 — the Tyson employs about 120,000 people in the United States.
The company is based in Arkansas, which has one of the lower vaccination rates of any U.S. state.
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote to employees on Thursday saying the company will require workers going back to its offices on Oct. 25 to be fully vaccinated.
It’s worth noting that this ruling impacts workers at Uber’s offices but not those who drive for Uber. Uber still has regulations in place that mandate masks for all of their drivers.
“We know some of you will disagree with this decision to require the vaccine for all United employees,” CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart told employees Friday. They also added “everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated.”
United employs 67,000 people in the U.S., and is the first major airline to require COVID-19 vaccinations for its workers.
By Sept. 30, all Walgreens
corporate employees working at the company’s U.S. office must be vaccinated, representatives from the Walgreens wrote to MarketWatch in an email.
The move impacts corporate employees and not front line workers.