Whirlpool Corp. has announced that it is offering employees a $1,000 incentive to vaccinate against COVID-19 as pressure on businesses across the US to boost vaccination rates among employees.
The new vaccine incentives, confirmed to CNN by Whirlpool, comes after President Joe Biden announced last week that he would direct the Labor Department to develop a rule requiring companies with more than 100 employees to have vaccinations or vaccines for their workers. Testing will be required once a week. .
The new ruling could potentially affect millions of US private sector workers and health care workers, and businesses that do not comply with Biden’s directive could face fines of up to $14,000 per violation.
Whirlpool spokesman Chad Parks said in a statement to CNN that the vaccine bonus would apply to employees who were previously vaccinated as well as those newly vaccinated.
“The health and safety of our employees is our top priority,” Whirlpool said. “During this pandemic, they are working tirelessly to serve our consumers, who depend on our products more than ever before for cleaning, cooking and providing proper food and medicine storage in their homes, and we We are working to make sure we can deliver. “
Whirlpool was already offering a small incentive to employees, but last week introduced a new $1,000 bonus. Parks declined to comment on how much the previous incentive was.
According to Bloomberg, the Michigan-based equipment maker previously offered a $200 cash bonus in May in an effort to get its employees vaccinated.
Currently, 66.5 percent of Michigan’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Indeed the sharp incentive growth comes amid a rise in the number of job openings posted on the recruitment platform prescribing COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment, even in sectors that are usually immunized is not required.
In August, the number of job postings per million explicitly mentioning COVID-19 vaccine requirements rose 34 percent in the week ending August 7, compared to the same period a month earlier, according to Indeed a report by Ann Elizabeth Konkel, an economist. According to the analytical note, Hiring Lab, the research and insights division of the Indeed job site.
Meanwhile, the share of job postings stating vaccines are required, but not explicitly specified, has caused a 90 percent increase in COVID-19 over the same period.
Whirlpool is one of the latest companies to issue high incentives to try to get employees vaccinated.
Earlier this summer, Vanguard, one of the world’s largest asset managers, also offered its employees $1,000 to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but determined that employees vaccinated by October would be eligible for incentives. are eligible for.
Kroger has said that vaccinated workers will receive a one-time payment of $100, while Bolthouse Farms offered a $500 bonus.
Last month Microsoft said it would require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors and visitors to its US offices starting this fall, while Facebook and Google also recently announced that they would be required to provide proof of vaccination to workers upon returning to the office. will require vaccination.
Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times