Goldman Sachs Wants Returning Workers to Give Their Vaccination Status

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In what may be considered a controversial move by an employer, Goldman Sachs is wanting its US bankers to disclose their vaccination status.

The bank will demand that its US bankers disclose whether or not they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a planned return to the office next week.

In a memo sent to staff that was obtained by the Financial Times, Goldman told employees that responses were required by 12pm US eastern daylight time yesterday.

“Registering your vaccination status allows us to plan for a safer return to the office for all of our people as we continue to abide by local public health measures,” the bank said in the memo.

The investment bank has started bringing some of its 20,000 U.S.-based employees back, with most workers expected to return by June 14th.

Employees who had not yet submitted their vaccination status received the memo earlier this week.

The memo said it is “mandatory” that workers indicate if they’ve gotten their shots via a company app by noon on June 10.

“The middle ground option that we’ve seen many employers to take is to ask for written acknowledgement that the employee is vaccinated,” said Kaiser Chowdry, an employment attorney at Morgan Lewis, a global law firm, to CBS news. “So you don’t ask to see the card, but you explain the policy and have them attest that they will follow the policy.”

“While we strongly encourage you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, we understand that the choice to get vaccinated is a personal one,” continued the memo, which was also obtained by CBS MoneyWatch.

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