Unvaccinated Intel employees will be placed on unpaid leave

According to reports, Intel has notified employees that anyone who has not been vaccinated must get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit an exemption by January 4th. According to The Associated Press and The Oregonian, if they do not comply, they will be placed on unpaid leave.

In a memo obtained by both publications on December 7th, Intel HR boss Christy Pambianchi stated that unvaccinated employees will need to seek an exemption or undergo weekly tests, even if they work from home. She also allegedly informed employees that the company will review medical and religious exemptions until March 15th of the following year. The company set the January 4th vaccine deadline last month, but did not specify what would happen if unvaccinated employees did not comply.

If an employee’s exemption isn’t granted, they’ll be put on unpaid leave for at least three months starting on April 4th and “will not be terminated,” as Pambiachi reportedly puts it. She also stated that Intel will still provide healthcare benefits to those on leave.

The vaccine requirement at Intel was implemented to comply with President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. Federal courts, on the other hand, are still debating whether such a broad mandate is constitutional. In a statement obtained by The Oregonian, Intel said, "We are closely monitoring the legal environment and expect it will take time for the case in Georgia, as well as other similar cases, to be fully resolved."