(Reuters) – U.S. government employees should not be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work or to disclose their vaccination status, according to guidelines from the Biden Administration.
Workers can voluntarily disclose this information, and federal authorities can base their safety protocols, in part on whether employees are vaccinated, the guidance said.
In a 20-page memo seen by Reuters, the chief executives of three agencies also monitored the federal workforce. agencies to consider more flexible arrangements for certain employees, including permanent part-time work remotely and working outside normal business hours.
The federal government employs more than 4 million people, making it the largest employer in the United States. Nearly 60% of federal employees worked emotionally during the pandemic, up from about 3% previously, according to the memo.
The guidance requires agencies to submit next week's draft proposals and more detailed final plans, including reopening plans, by 1
The memorandum was signed by the acting heads of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration.
Jason Miller, Deputy Head of Management at OMB, said in a statement that the guidance emphasizes that worker safety is a top priority as agencies plan to reopen offices. will promote efficient, fair and inclusive work environments. m (their) pre-pandemic operating conditions. "
This could mean the release of some workers from physical offices, which would allow agencies to recruit nationwide and share office space while reducing the time employees spend," they said.  Officials warned that agencies may need to negotiate with unions before implementing certain policies, such as changes to work schedules and safety protocols. About 30% of federal workers are represented by unions.