Here’s how the biggest CT companies are approaching COVID-19 vaccines

While the Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s attempt to require all employees of large companies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or mandates for face testing and masks, many companies in Connecticut have implemented their own policies.

To gauge the extent of corporate vaccine policies, Hearst Connecticut Media Group contacted the 25 Connecticut-based companies on last year’s Fortune 1,000 list of companies with the highest annual revenues.

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Here is a summary of vaccine policies at Connecticut’s largest companies, which responded prior to the Supreme Court ruling:

Charter Communications, Stamford, No. 64 on the 2021 Fortune 1000 list: “We continue to follow local and state order requirements and strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated,” the company said in a statement.

Synchrony, Stamford, No. 187“Synchrony continues to strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated and boosted. Our return to the office continues to be voluntary for fully vaccinated employees,” said Lisa Lanspery, spokesperson for Synchrony. “As a reminder, we have given everyone the option to work remotely after a company survey showed that 85% of our workforce wanted some form of work-from-home model even after the pandemic Anyone who chooses to return to one of our offices must be vaccinated, but not yet boosted.

Stanley Black & Decker, New Britain, No. 209: “Under the current state of the law, we are required to comply with the rules of the Temporary Emergency Health Standards adapted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace,” the company said in a statement.

Otis Worldwide, Farmington, No. 236“As a global organization doing business in 200 countries and territories around the world, we need to be sensitive and aware of varying vaccine access and pandemic recovery efforts,” the company said in a statement. “We strongly encourage our colleagues to get vaccinated and vaccinated, when and where they are available. In addition to our policy, Otis will continue to comply with all applicable national and local laws and regulations. »

Xerox Holdings, Norwalk, No. 415: “There have been no changes to Xerox’s return-to-office policy, and we have further enhanced our safety protocols to include the re-enforcement of mask requirements for even vaccinated employees and the cancellation of all safety events. in-person vacation,” the company said in a statement. “The safety of our employees is our top priority, and all are required to complete a daily health check before entering the office. We are closely monitoring any trends and will adjust protocols as necessary. We also encourage employees to get their reminder when eligible and strongly recommend that employees get tested before returning to the office in 2022.”

Pitney Bowes, Stamford, No. 664“We recently advised team members that beginning February 1, 2022, we will require reminders to enter the office,” Pitney Bowes spokesman Bill Hughes said. “Currently, only vaccinated people are allowed to enter our offices, unless they have approved accommodation.

“We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and, if vaccinated, to receive a booster when they are eligible. For anyone entering our offices who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster, but has not yet had one, they are required to wear a mask in the office.

Terex, Norwalk, No. 735“Terex strongly encourages our team members to take the COVID-19 vaccine if recommended by their medical advisors,” the company said in a statement. “We do not require vaccination as a Terex policy, but encouraging vaccination, including boosters if necessary, is part of a rigorous suite of safety protocols we follow at all of our facilities.

“Terex COVID-19 safety practices align with state and national guidelines, and at our Norwalk headquarters, this includes the CDC and the State of Connecticut. Since the start of the pandemic, Terex has been committed to doing everything in its power to protect our team members from the coronavirus.

Interactive Brokers Group, Greenwich, No. 848“We don’t force vaccines,” said Michael Kerrigan, director of human resources for Interactive Brokers. “We will follow OSHA’s new requirement that allows vaccinated staff to come back openly and unvaccinated staff to come back openly as well by complying with weekly testing.”

Cigna, The Hartford, Emcor Group, Amphenol, United Rentals, WR Berkley, Frontier Communications, Booking Holdings, Silgan Holdings, Hubbell, Gartner, Crane, Knights of Columbus, People’s United Financial and Edgewell Personal Care did not respond to requests for vaccination. Strategies.

XPO Logistics and SS&C Technologies responded, but declined to publicly reveal their policies.

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