US bankers at Goldman Sachs have been ordered to disclose their Covid vaccine status before returning to the office.
In a note seen by the BBC, the investment bank said it was mandatory to do so before 5:00 p.m. BST on Thursday.
Although he strongly encouraged staff to get vaccinated, he said: “We understand that the choice to get vaccinated is a personal choice.”
Goldman hopes to bring U.S. staff back to the office on June 14, he told employees last month.
The advisory, which was first reported by The New York Times, said: “Recording your immunization status allows us to plan for a safer return to the office for all of our employees as we continue to meet guidelines. local public health measures. “
The bank had said staff in the United States could work in the office without a mask if they had been vaccinated.
Its British employees had also previously been told that they should expect to work there from June 21 – when the government hopes to lift legal limits on social contact in England.
British bank employees have not been asked to report their vaccination status.
But Kate Hindmarch, an employment law partner at Langleys Solicitors, said problems could arise with requiring proof of vaccination.
“Immunizations create a conflict of legal protections, where individual freedom of choice is weighed against the health and safety of others.
“Some employees may have a valid reason for not wanting to be vaccinated, and we always urge employers to discuss an employee’s reluctance, whether it be for a disability or for religious reasons.”
She said there could also be serious ramifications if employers lay off staff reluctant to get vaccinated.
Goldman Sachs in particular has expressed the need to return to the office as social distancing restrictions ease.
“We know from experience that our culture of collaboration, innovation and learning flourishes when our employees come together, and we look forward to having more of our colleagues in the office so they can make it happen again. ‘experience regularly,’ Executive David Solomon, Chairman John Waldron and CFO Stephen Scherr said in a joint statement last month.
Mr Solomon also drew some criticism earlier in the pandemic when he described working from home as “an aberration.”
Rival investment bank JP Morgan is planning “considerably” less office space, she said in April. And big tech companies, such as Facebook, have said they will let any employees who can work away from the office do so once the pandemic is over.