Federal workers do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to office, according to a Biden administration memorandum seen by Reuters.
US government employees should not be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work or finding out their vaccination status.
Workers can voluntarily disclose this information, և federal agencies can base their safety protocols, in part, on vaccinating workers.
In a 20-page memo seen by Reuters, the acting heads of the three federal oversight agencies urged agencies to consider more flexible arrangements for some employees, including part-time part-time work and working overtime.
The guide comes as many US government employees who worked part-time during the coronavirus epidemic plan to return to their offices. It comes on the same day that the US Department of Labor issued a state of emergency to protect health care workers.
The federal government employs more than four million people, making it the largest employer in the United States. At the time of the epidemic, nearly 60 percent of federal workers worked part-time, up from 3 percent previously, according to Thursday’s memorandum.
The guide requires agencies to submit proposals by next week, and more detailed final plans, including reopening schedules, by July 19.
The memorandum is signed by the Acting Heads of Management Կառ Budget Office (CB), Personnel Management Office և General Services Administration.
OMB Deputy Managing Director Jason Miller said in a statement that the guideline emphasizes that employee safety is a priority as agencies plan to reopen offices.
“This moment in the moment provides a unique opportunity to look at the role of the federal government as an exemplary employer as we seek to pursue consistent but flexible government practices that promote an efficient, equitable, inclusive work environment,” Miller said.
The officials also said that as a result of the “post-community epidemic” of agencies, the current state may differ significantly. [their] a pre-epidemic state. “
This may mean not removing some employees from their physical offices, which will allow agencies to recruit and distribute office space across the country while reducing travel time for employees.
Officials have warned that agencies may have to deal with unions before pursuing certain policies, such as changes to work schedules and safety protocols. About 30 percent of federal workers are unionized.