San Francisco: As Omicron-triggered Covid infections surge globally particularly within the US, Google has mentioned it would now require fully-vaccinated employees who’re coming to places of work to get weekly Covid checks.
Google would require anybody going to one in all its US places of work or services to have obtained a destructive molecular check for COVID-19, experiences CNBC citing an inner memo despatched to workers.
The staff also needs to report their vaccination standing and put on surgical-grade masks whereas on the workplace.
“Anybody accessing our websites within the US are anticipated to acquire a current destructive Covid-19 molecular check earlier than coming onsite,” mentioned the corporate.
Google provides free at-home testing to full-time workers.
The corporate additionally provides contract employees free RT-PCR-based nasal swab checks.
Final month, Google reportedly informed workers that they’ll lose pay — and can ultimately be fired — if they don’t adjust to the corporate’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage.
Workers who didn’t adjust to the vaccination guidelines by the January 18 deadline will probably be positioned on “paid administrative depart” for 30 days. After that, the corporate will put them on “unpaid private depart” for as much as six months, adopted by termination.
Whereas a lot of the tech trade continues to push again return-to-work plans and firms giant and small put together for a versatile future, Google is requiring its workforce to ultimately come into bodily places of work three days per week sooner or later in 2022.