Nike to Terminate Unvaccinated Employees This Week

Nike to Terminate Unvaccinated Employees This Week

Nike is about to swing the axe on its corporate employees who have yet to confirm their COVID vax status or have an approved exemption, according to reports

have reportedly begun enforcing a vaccination mandate within their corporate workforce, with some employees facing termination for not having confirmed vax status or an approved exemption.

As reported by The Oregonian, about 120 employees have objected to Nike’s vaccination mandate, some of which are expected to be dismissed this week. One employee provided an excerpt to an email they received from the brand:

‘You failed to complete the verification process and our records show that you do not have an approved (exemption). As a result, you are not in compliance with the Policy, and your employment is scheduled to be terminated on Saturday, January 15, 2022.’

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The move comes as US President Joe Biden announced in September 2021 that companies with over 100 employees will be required to have staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the virus weekly. And despite government mandates temporarily on hold due to legal challenges, companies like Nike have taken a swift and proactive approach to limit the spread of COVID in their workplaces.

Just one month after Biden’s announcement, a Nike spokesperson released a statement to Portland Monthly regarding the imminent mandate:​

‘Supporting the effort to bring people safely back to their workplaces in January, we will require all office-based employees in the U.S. to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.’

Nike set a December 1st deadline last year for employees to verify their vaccination status or apply for an exemption.

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