Before working from its U.S. offices, American Express Company jobs. will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.’In a memo to employees, Chief Executive Officer Steve Squeri stated that the requirement will also apply to in-person events sponsored by the company, both on and off-site. At the end of the year, the New York-based card company employed over 22,000 people in the United States.
“Our U.S. vaccine requirement will not only provide added protection to help keep everyone in our offices healthy, it will also enable colleagues to feel more comfortable when we fully return to the office, a key point that colleagues expressed in the surveys we’ve conducted,” Squeri said in the memo.
Major employers in the United States have been grappling with vaccine mandates since President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring companies with 100 or more employees to require the shot or undergo a weekly test. Biden also ordered that all individuals involved in government contracts jobs, as well as anyone working in the same offices as those employees, be fully vaccinated.
While AmEx was one of the first major financial firms to require a broader vaccine for its U.S. workforce, it did not go as far as rival Citigroup Inc., which has announced that getting the vaccine will be a condition of employment. “As we have often said, getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and combat the spread of this disease,” Squeri said in the note. “We encourage colleagues who are not vaccinated to become fully vaccinated.”
AmEx is not planning a large-scale return to its offices until January 24. Even so, the firm has stated that the vast majority of its employees will split their time between the office and remote work. According to Squeri’s memo, the vast majority of AmEx’s US employees have previously informed the company that they are fully vaccinated. Employees with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the shot can request to work remotely full-time.
While employees with such arrangements will not be required to be vaccinated, a small number of workers who support certain federal government contracts will be required to be vaccinated, even if they work from home. With the new requirement, Squeri stated that the company does not intend to implement a mandatory coronavirus testing program for U.S. employees. In the coming days, it intends to relax masking job requirements in its US offices.
“The wearing of facial coverings will be optional in American Express-only spaces,” Squeri said. “Masks and social distancing measures will still be required for AmEx colleagues in common spaces shared with other tenants in our buildings, or where required by law.”
Source: American Online News Networks