T-Mobile to lay off company employees who aren’t vaccinated by April -memo

A T-Mobile logo is seen on the door of a store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Jan 29 (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) will lay off company employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by April 2, according to an internal company memo released on the independent blog TMOnews.com.

The blog said T-Mobile’s new policy was announced Friday in an email from its chief human resources officer to all staff. This follows a January 13 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination or testing mandate for big business.

“Employees who have not yet taken action to receive their first dose and upload proof by February 21 will be placed on unpaid leave,” the blog quoted the memo as saying. “Affected employees who are not fully vaccinated … by April 2 will be separated from T-Mobile.”

The memo, addressed to “all employees (non-international)”, said the vaccine rules did not apply to field technicians and most in-store retail roles.

In a statement on Saturday, T-Mobile said “we require office workers (with limited exceptions for certain roles, locations, and legally mandated accommodations and exemptions) to be fully immunized by April 2.” He added that “badge-controlled offices continue to be accessible only to those vaccinated against COVID-19.”

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Reporting by Vanessa O’Connell; edited by Grant McCool

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