Bank of America reminds staff at UK offices in two weeks – but only if they have received at least one dose of vaccine
Bank of America is recalling staff to its UK offices in two weeks – but only if they have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The American bank, which has 6,500 employees in the United Kingdom, invites certain vaccinated employees to return to work from July 19. It is understood that a few hundred eligible employees are likely to return.
The bank is preparing to recall most UK staff to the office for the start of September. Until now, only essential workers such as traders have been in the office. The move comes as other companies have demanded staff get vaccinated.
Warning: Bank of America, which has 6,500 employees in the United Kingdom, invites certain vaccinated employees to return to work from July 19
Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has asked its crew to get vaccinated by the end of August, or lose their jobs. The airline told its Hong Kong staff it would “consider the future employment of those who cannot get vaccinated.”
He said organizing the rotation when only part of the crew was vaccinated was “getting more and more difficult and complicated”.
Other investment banking giants have asked their U.S. staff to either register their immunization status or get immunized before returning to the office. Last month, it emerged Morgan Stanley had banned all staff and visitors from entering its New York office unless they had been “fully vaccinated.” The bank has not imposed this requirement on its 5,000 UK-based employees.
JPMorgan also said in an internal memo that U.S. staff must register their immunization status with the company. Fully vaccinated staff could ditch their face masks in the US office, according to the note.
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has said it will only allow fully vaccinated staff to return to its U.S. offices from July.
Most major UK companies did not apply for vaccine status or require injections before returning. Pimlico Plumbers has resisted the trend. Charlie Mullins, founder of Britain’s largest independent plumbing company, said that from January any employee who did not receive the vaccine would be fired, unless they had reason to legitimate health.
Shakeel Dad of Addleshaw Goddard law firm said: “Employers cannot force people to get vaccinated. The question is whether it is reasonable or lawful to make it a condition of employment. It’s not simple.
More companies are preparing to bring back staff from July 19, when government guidelines for working from home could be dropped, along with social distancing rules and face mask requirements.
Bank of America said it invites staff to volunteer for their immunization status, and it is not a requirement.