Thursday, January 27

Google advises its employees that if they do not get vaccinated they may be fired

The American technology giant Google has communicated to its staff that those employees who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be forced to leave and could eventually be fired if they are not immunized against the coronavirus, according to an internal company circular to the one that the CNBC chain had access to.

In this way, the multinational would have given until December 3 for its workers to prove their vaccination status or request a medical or religious exemption to subsequently contact those employees who, once the deadline had expired, had not provided evidence. or whose exemption requests were not approved.

According to the document seen by CNBC, employees who have not complied with the vaccination rules before the deadline of January 18 will be put on paid administrative leave for 30 days, after which the company will put them on non-leave status. paid for, if the situation is maintained, subsequently carry out the termination of the employment relationship.

“We strongly believe that our vaccination requirements are one of the most important ways to keep our workforce safe and our services running. We are committed to doing everything we can to help our employees get vaccinated,” said a spokesperson. of Google.

In this regard, the multinational has explained to Europa Press that this policy does not apply to Google’s offices in the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), since in the United States the company is complying with the Executive Order of the President Biden demanding the Covid-19 vaccination of employees of federal contractors.

In Spain, the legislation does not allow this type of dismissal. Companies will not be able to terminate the contract with workers who do not want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The experts consider that the Spanish law does not contemplate this justification for a dismissal and that the right to privacy and dignity of the employee protects him from having to inform his company if he is vaccinated.

The Biden Administration in November ordered US companies with at least 100 workers to ensure that their employees are fully vaccinated by January 18 or that regular Covid-19 tests are conducted, although the order has been judicially blocked while its constitutionality is examined in depth.

In this sense, the company specified that it has begun to apply its vaccination policy first in the United States and will expand it to other countries as required by the respective laws.