Nike Reportedly Enforcing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Corporate Employees
Nike 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 stance. 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.’
It is not clear how many of the objecting party have their employment status affected by Nike’s mandate.
This 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. While this mandate is still being argued in the courts, private employers such as Nike have made a proactive approach to stymie the spread of the virus within their company.
A 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.’