Nike demands vaccine for all office workers in the United States – Footwear News
Nike will now require U.S. office workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a statement to FN on Tuesday, Nike said it would demand all U.S. office workers get vaccinated in order to support “the effort to get people safely back to their workplaces.” Nike has announced plans to recall employees to its offices by January 10, 2022.
Nike, which previously avoided an outright vaccine mandate, is now joining a growing list of shoe and retail companies that have mandated vaccinations for their employees. In August, Under Armor said it would require all employees to be fully immunized by December 31, 2021 in order to return to campus in January and take company-sponsored trips. Saks Fifth Avenue, Walmart and TJX Companies previously announced similar mandates.
Nike’s announcement comes shortly after President Biden’s new rule that companies with 100 or more employees would be required to mandate the vaccine for all of their staff. The rule, which technically includes retailers like Nike, gives employees the option to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis instead of the vaccine. Nike has not confirmed whether or not its employees will be able to get tested instead of getting vaccinated.
As a result of Biden’s mandate, which will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some retail groups have expressed concern about their ability to undertake a vaccination effort among their workforce. In a joint open letter sent to the Department of Labor and OSHA, representatives from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) called for more time for retailers to implement. and create the systems needed to meet the new mandate.
Some companies have expressed strong support for the mandate.
“We haven’t seen all the details on this, but frankly we’re delighted the playing field has leveled,” Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, told Yahoo Finance Live on Friday. “We were talking about installing mandates across our business. It really is the only way to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. “