All MGM Resorts salaried workers not working from home have until 15th October 2021 to get COVID-19 jabs. If they do not, they are at risk of losing their jobs.
MGM CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle made this vaccination protocol on Monday in an address to employees. Nevada’s largest employer says COVID19 vaccination will become a condition for all salaried workers and all employees hourly employees hired on or after 30th August.
The requirement will also apply to all MGM Properties in the United States. Hornbuckle called this new requirement an effective tool that will help curb the spread of the virus at an alarming rate.
“I know that for some of you this may be an unwelcome development-a consideration that we did not take lightly when making this decision. However, as one of the largest and most trusted operators and employees in our industry, MGM Resorts is determined to do our part to curb the spread of the virus and help counter alarming trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”
MGM workers in Las Vegas have easy access to COVID-19 vaccines. The company regularly holds pop-up clinics on-site at its Vegas properties. Vaccines are also offered free of charge by MGM. Apart from employees, families, entertainers, and staffers are also being offered free COVID-19 shots.
Hourly workers employed before 30th August and who choose not to get vaccinated are required to undergo regular testing. They must also pay $15 for on-site tests or bring a negative. Employees who refuse to get vaccinated and lose their jobs may also be disqualified from benefits.
Ann Paxton, a workers with Unemployment Law Project in the Washington States say that most states would find employees fired for refusing vaccines unqualified for benefits. In her opinion, businesses may lawfully require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.