Despite a Supreme Court ruling blocking a Biden administration attempt to force large corporations to monitor vaccination status, T-Mobile has become the latest company to enforce a COVID vaccine demand on its employees.
An internal T-Mobile US email last week revealed a planned crackdown on unvaccinated staff. According to firm human resources chief Deeanne King, office staff must have their first vaccine shot by February 21, with limited exceptions for particular positions, locations, and legally necessary adjustments and exemptions, or the company would place them on unpaid leave. Employees without exemptions must be completely vaccinated by April 2 or face termination from T-Mobile.
T-mobile is the latest high-profile company to keep a vaccine mandate after the Supreme Court rejected Biden’s plan earlier this month. https://t.co/RuEbLqeoBv— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) January 31, 2022
The rule solely affects office personnel; field technicians and retail store employees are exempt. Staff in the old Sprint offices in Kansas City, Missouri, which merged with T-Mobile in 2020, are covered by the rule, according to the email.
Last November, the Biden administration attempted to use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force enterprises with more than 100 employees to impose a vaccine or weekly test obligation on their employees. The Supreme Court determined on January 13 that the administration and OSHA had overstepped their authority and thereby banned the regulation. On January 25, Biden resigned, and OSHA officially rescinded the order. Unfortunately, it appears that some companies have opted to go ahead and do it anyhow.