Macy’s demands vaccination status for all employees by next week – Footwear News


Macy’s is the latest retailer to double the number of vaccine disclosures among its staff.

The retailer is asking all store and office workers to submit proof of their immunization status to an online platform by January 16, a company spokesperson confirmed to FN. Employees will not be required to share their recall status.

“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers remains a priority for us,” said the spokesperson. “We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to comply with federal and local guidelines. “

The New York Times first reported on the warrant, which was announced via a note to employees. According to the Times, employees who self-report unvaccinated will have their submissions reviewed and may be contacted by a fellow advisory team member to discuss next steps.

Macy’s vaccination warrant, first reported by The New York Times, precedes a scheduled Supreme Court hearing this week, which aims to determine whether the vaccine or the Biden administration’s testing warrant for large employers is legal. Retail groups like the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have previously expressed concerns about their ability to fulfill the mandate, which has been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

TJX Companies, the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx, last month became one of the first retailers to require all eligible office workers to be reminded of the COVID-19 vaccine to return to work. This mandate applies to office workers and excludes employees of stores or distribution centers. Other companies like Nike and Under Armor have set corporate vaccine mandates, but none have yet made public updates to include the recall.

Company-wide vaccination mandates come as retailers grapple with staff shortages during a “big resignation” of employees. 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs in November, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 4.4% of workers in the retail trade left their jobs.

At the same time, the upsurge in COVID-19 cases is also forcing some retailers to reconsider how to keep their stores open. Macy’s said it is temporarily shortening its hours of operation for the month of January at all stores. All Macy’s stores will be open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Some stores previously opened at 10:00 a.m. and closed at 9:00 p.m., the Macy’s website says. Store hours from Friday to Sunday will not change. In stores, Macy’s introduced improved cleaning in high-traffic areas like entrances, customer service stations, vertical transport, restrooms and break rooms. The company also supplies masks to employees and recommends them to buyers.

For corporate employees, Macy’s offers a hybrid model that allows people to work in the office as needed. The company has not announced an official return-to-office date.