Starbucks says it can require its U.S. employees be vaccinated towardsor be examined weekly as of February 9, consistent with a federal mandate because the Omicron variant advances throughout the nation.
Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver informed the corporate’s home workforce of roughly 220,000 workers that they have to disclose their vaccination standing by January 10. First detailed in a December 27 letter to workers, the brand new guidelines have been additionally reiterated in a weekly replace on Monday.
“The vaccine is the best option we have, by far, when it comes to staying safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Culver wrote. “It’s concerning to see this new variant has pushed daily COVID-19 case counts higher than the Delta wave at its peak.”
The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set February 9 as its new date for large employers to require full immunization or weekly testing for the coronavirus.
Under the espresso chain’s new coverage, Starbucks employees who choose out of vaccination should purchase their very own OSHA-approved exams and submit outcomes each week.
The mandate was beforehand slated to take impact January 4, however OSHA suspended enforcement of the White House directive pending a court docket listening to of challenges to the regulation.
A federal appeals court docket final week dominated that OSHA’s, with the Supreme Court anticipated to listen to oral arguments on it on Friday.
Starbucks additionally up to date its coverage on how lengthy workers ought to isolate after contracting COVID-19, adhering to new steerage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortening the beneficial time.
Omicron has colleges,, eating places and retailers scaling again operations amid a dearth of employees.