NY Real Estate Giant Mandates Vaccines for Employees

At least one large brokerage has joined other big groups, such as Disney and the federal government, in making COVID vaccines a requirement for employment.

NEW YORK – Related Cos., a New York-based real estate firm, requires its 4,000 employees to get vaccinated – at least one shot – by Aug. 31 or be fired.

The company required vaccinations by June 1 for about 1,000 employees in its headquarters office in New York’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, and in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities, according to a report in The New York Post.

Related Cos. is now extending that policy to service workers, like cleaners and door persons in its buildings, and to about 3,000 employees who work in its commercial and residential buildings.

“Being vaccinated will be a requirement to work at Related,” a memo from the company states, as reported by The New York Post. “There are exemptions from this policy for bona fide medical or religious reasons only. [Human Resources] will review all requests for exemptions and those with exemptions granted will be required to undergo regular PCR testing.”

Other companies have been enacting similar mandates. Disney now requires all of its salaried employees to be vaccinated. Walmart said all store managers must be vaccinated by early October.

Many companies are bringing back mask mandates too, based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Guidance published by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that employers can require employees to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and show proof of vaccination, such as a vaccination card, before coming on site – however, the policy remains controversial.

The National Association of Realtors® also offers information specific to real estate practitioners on a webpage, COVID-19 Guidance for Workplace Vaccination Policies.

Vaccines remain widely available and free to Americans. A government website – vaccines.gov – lists nearby locations.

Source: “Real Estate Giant Related Cos. to Require All Employees to Get Vaccinated,” New York Post (Aug. 2, 2021)

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