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Intel warns that unvaccinated workers will be sent home without pay

by on23 December 2021

Even if they were already working from home

Chipzilla is telling unvaccinated workers who don't get an exemption for religious or medical reasons will be on unpaid leave beginning in April even if they were working from home.

The California-based semiconductor company told employees last month they had a 4 January deadline to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or seek an exemption, citing a government mandate for federal contractors.

In a 7 December memo to employees, Chief People Officer Christy Pambianchi told employees the 4 January deadline remains in place.

She wrote that employees who aren't vaccinated must seek a medical or religious accommodation and submit to weekly testing, regardless of whether they are still working remotely. Intel will review employees' exemption requests until 15 March.

Pambianchi said employees who don't receive an exemption will begin unpaid leave on April 4 for at least three months but "will not be terminated." She said Intel will continue providing health care benefits to unvaccinated employees on leave.


Last modified on 24 December 2021
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