RBC to require employees working in its offices to be fully vaccinated

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TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada will require employees to be fully vaccinated to work on the bank’s premises.

In a memo to staff, the bank says it will ask employees to confirm their vaccination status, beginning in Canada and the United States, followed by other regions where applicable.

Those who are able to be vaccinated will be required to do so by Oct. 31.

Helena Gottschling, RBC’s chief human resources officer, says in the memo that the decision is based on evolving government guidance and concerning developments related to the Delta variant.

Before the election was called, the government said last week it would require federal employees, workers in federally regulated industries like transportation and banking, as well as many domestic travellers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Insurance company Sun Life said earlier this week that employees choosing to return to the office during an ongoing back-to-work trial must be vaccinated.

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