Jun 10, 2021 - Health

Goldman Sachs requires U.S. employees to report vaccination status

Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York.

Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Goldman Sachs is mandating its U.S. employees to report whether or not they've received a COVID-19 vaccine by noon Thursday, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The federal government has said it is legal for companies to require workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Yet vaccine "passports" are a point of controversy, with several Republican-led states forbidding some private businesses from using them.

The big picture: Up until now, Goldman Sachs had allowed vaccination status disclosure to be optional. Vaccinated employees have been allowed to go maskless in the office since May, per the Times.

  • Now, although they aren't required to show their actual vaccine cards, employees must log the date and brand of their COVID-19 vaccine jabs into an internal company system.
  • The bank has been offering employees paid time off to get vaccinated since March and is planning a full return to office in the U.S. and U.K. by the end of June, according to CNBC.

What they're saying: "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," said a company memo obtained by the Times.

  • “As a result, it is mandatory that you submit your vaccination status on the Canopy app, whether or not you are vaccinated," the memo added, per CNBC.
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