Where Companies Stand on Vaccine Requirements and Return to Office

The Delta variant of the coronavirus has disrupted back-to-office plans for some companies, while others are still expecting employees to be at their desks in September or sooner. Here’s the latest on when companies have announced that they planned to return to the office, and whether they’ll require vaccines when they do.

FINANCE

Return date: June 2021

Goldman Sachs is requiring employees to be fully vaccinated to enter its U.S. offices starting on Jan. 7.

Return date: July 2021

JPMorgan is encouraging employees to get vaccinated but has not announced a mandate.

Expected return date: September 2021

Bank of America is only allowing vaccinated employees to return to the office. The bank’s goal is to have most employees back by September.

Expected return date: October 2020

Wells Fargo is encouraging employees to get vaccinated but has not announced a mandate. Employees who are working from home will be called back to the office starting Oct. 4 instead of Sept. 7, as previously planned, according to a memo to staff.

Expected return date: October 2020

BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, said it would allow only vaccinated employees in its offices until Oct. 1, rather than the original date of Sept. 8. The company is encouraging employees to get vaccinated, but has not announced a mandate.

Tech

Expected return date: October 2020

Google said last month that it would require employees who returned to the company’s offices to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. It also said it would push back its return-to-office date to mid-October from September.

Expected return date: January 2022

Apple is encouraging employees to get vaccinated, but has not announced a mandate. The company delayed its return-to-office date until January from October.

Expected return date: January 2022

Amazon is encouraging employees to get vaccinated, but has not announced a mandate. The retail giant told its corporate employees that they did not need to return to their offices until Jan. 3, pushing back a deadline that had been set for early September.

Expected return date: October 2021

Microsoft said it would require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors and guests to enter its offices. The company pushed back the full reopening of its U.S. offices to no earlier than Oct. 4.

Expected return date: September 2022

Airbnb said in May that it would not ask employees to return to the office until next September, to provide greater clarity for families and other caregivers. The company has not yet announced a vaccination policy.

Expected return date: October 2021

Uber started a vaccine mandate for its office-based employees, but not for its drivers. The ride-hailing company postponed its return-to-office date to Oct. 25 from Sept. 25.

Expected return date: February 2022

Lyft will mandate vaccines for white-collar workers, but not for its drivers. The company said that it would not require employees to return to the office until February.

Expected return date: No set date

Twitter announced in July that it would close its offices in San Francisco and New York, and indefinitely postpone other reopening plans. When the offices were open, the company required proof of vaccination to enter the buildings.

MEDIA

Expected return date: October 2021

Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is requiring its employees to be vaccinated to return to their offices, including at its headquarters in Philadelphia and the NBCUniversal headquarters in New York. The company delayed its reopening plans to Oct. 18 from September.

Expected return date: No set date

National Public Radio has not put a vaccine mandate in place. Several of its teams have worked on-site during the pandemic, and it plans to return additional staff “later this year.”

Expected return date: No set date

The New York Times has not enacted a vaccine mandate. The company said that its employees’ return to the office was indefinitely postponed from its initial Sept. 7 return date.

Expected return date: September 2021

The Washington Post will require all employees to show that they are vaccinated against the coronavirus as a condition of employment. The Post is planning for a Sept. 13 office return.

Retail and restaurant

Expected return date: November 2021

Employees at TJX, the owner of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, will begin returning to the company’s Framingham, Mass., headquarters and regional offices starting Sept. 8, and the offices will have a “formal reopening” on Nov. 1. Office associates are required to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 1, while store and distribution center workers are not required to be vaccinated.

Expected return date: September 2021

CVS will require its pharmacists to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 30, while others who interact with patients, and all corporate staff, have until Oct. 31. The company announced to employees that most of its office sites will reopen on Sept. 7.

Expected return date: January 2022

Starbucks is “encouraging” employees to be vaccinated. The company pushed its back-to-office date to January 2022, from October.

Pharmaceutical

Expected return date: September 2021

Pfizer is requiring all U.S. employees and contractors to be vaccinated or participate in regular weekly Covid-19 testing. Workers who have medical conditions or religious objections will be able to request accommodations.

Return date: July 2021

Lilly announced in August that it would require all employees in the United States to be vaccinated by Nov. 15. The company’s work force returned to the office in July.

OTHER

Expected return date: No set date

American Airlines is encouraging employees to get vaccinated but has not announced a mandate. There is “no definitive timeframe” for the company’s support and management staff to return full time to the office.

Expected return date: September 2021

UPS is requiring all office-based employees to be vaccinated by Oct. 1, while it encourages workers in all other UPS locations to get the vaccine. Employees are expected to return to the office on Sept. 7.

Expected return date: January 2022

Ford Motor will require its U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated before international business travel, while all other employees are encouraged to get vaccinated.

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