Related Companies is the latest of New York’s real estate giants to crack down on unvaccinated employees.
A Manhattan-based firm whose outstanding properties include Hudson Yards in Midtown Manhattan – told his 4,000 employees on Monday that if they have not yet been vaccinated, they will have to get at least one injection by August 31 – otherwise they will be fired.
Approximately 1,000 employees who work in the company’s corporate offices across the country, including its headquarters at Hudson Yards, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities, were to be vaccinated starting June 1 …
The policy now extends to Related’s maintenance personnel, including doormen, cleaners and engineers, or about 3,000 employees who work in the company’s commercial and residential buildings, according to a company memo that was handed over to The Post.
According to company spokesman John Weinstein, the Related policy also extends to union employees, led by real estate tycoon Stephen Ross.
“To work for Related, you need to be vaccinated,” the note reads. “There are exceptions to this policy only for valid medical or religious reasons. [Human resources] will consider all requests for exemptions, and those granted exemptions will be required to undergo regular PCR testing. ”
The policy will also apply to employees at the Deutsche Bank Center in Manhattan – formerly the Time Warner Center – where Related operates stores in Columbus Circle.
Last week Durst Organization demanded that his corporate employees be vaccinated as a condition of their employment with a real estate firm, while stating that his union employees would be exempted from this policy for the time being.
Companies across the country, including national chains such as Target and Walmart, are implementing new policies in response to the Delta option, which has caused a rise in infection and hospitalization rates. Disney requires vaccinations for all salaried employees and all new employees, the company said Monday.
Target said on Monday that employees of stores in high-risk counties will be required to wear masks, following a similar announcement. Walmart on Friday, when a major retailer said all store managers would need to be vaccinated by early October.