Goldman Sachs will ask its American bankers to disclose whether they have stayed or not vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a scheduled return to the office next week.
In a memorandum sent to staff that was seen by the Financial Times, Goldman he told employees the answers were needed by 12 noon Thursday night.
“Registering your vaccination status allows us to plan a safer return to office for all our people as long as we continue to comply with local public health measures,” the bank said in the memorandum.
“While we strongly encourage you to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, we understand that the choice of vaccine is personal,” according to the note.
The disclosure requirement by Goldman is an example of the complexity for employers to ensure a return to office life after the huge interruption from the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley partnered with Capsule to host a vaccine clinic just for employees at the Times Square headquarters, according to a person briefed on the matter.
Goldman aims to carry on The American staff returns to the office on Monday, the Wall Street firm told employees last month.
To encourage staff to get vaccinated, Goldman began in March offering employees half a day of paid time to get their shots done.
Goldman had already told staff they could voluntarily disclose whether they had been vaccinated or not, and that employees could work in the office without a mask if they had been vaccinated.
US banks such as Goldman have opted for a more aggressive return to office position compared to gradual approach favored by European banks.
Last month Jamie Dimon, executive director of JPMorgan Chase, launched a passionate defense of returning to office, saying he was canceling all future Zoom meetings because it was “over with him.”
“We want people to go back to work, and my view is that sometime in September, October, it looks just like before,” said the head of JPMorgan, who told his employees that they must be back in the office on a rotating basis from next month.
Goldman’s requirement that employees share their vaccination status is a stricter policy than those other Wall Street rivals now have in place. At JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley disclosure is still voluntary, according to people informed on the matter.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in December clarified this companies could prevent employees from working if they refused to be vaccinated, subject to religious and medical exemptions.
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