SAG-AFTRA votes to allow employers to mandate Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Current “return-to-work protocols” expire June 30 and are being renegotiated by the major companies and unions.
In a 75%-25% vote, SAG-AFTRA’s national board of directors approved a “motion that authorizes the union’s staff to approve requests for mandatory vaccination policies in strict compliance with SAG-AFTRA’s standard parameters for mandatory vaccination policies.”
SAG-AFTRA President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Safety, guidelines include:
- Production must announce such policies as soon as possible, preferably in initial breakdowns or earliest casting discussions.
- Such policies must apply equally to all cast and crew working in the relevant zone(s) or work location(s).
- Production must have procedures in place to engage in interactive process with those requesting ADA (Americans with Disability Act) or religious accommodations, and must include the procedure for initiating a request in notices of the vaccination policy.
- Such policies can only be enforced when vaccines have been readily available to performers for a sufficient period of time to confer immunity in time for start of work.
- If being vaccinated as a condition of employment for the production, any vaccination costs are absorbed by employer and vaccination time is work time.
- Vaccination records are maintained securely by employers and available only to those with need to know.
– Excerpt from an article for Deadline by David Robb. Read the full article here.
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