I know this will be shocking to many of you, but: It turns out it's not a winning business proposal to gank your employees out of $2,400 a year because they refuse to be injected with a novel new medicine.
Delta Air Lines will end its $200 per month healthcare surcharge imposed on employees not vaccinated against COVID-19, CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The healthcare surcharge will discontinue at the end of this month, he said. Bastian also said if the federal mask mandate for air travel is discontinued, Delta will not require passengers or employees to wear masks.
Live look at Delta's segregated unvaccinated break room:
Let us not forget what a big deal it was when they first announced the policy late last summer:
In a staff memo, Delta Air Chief Executive Ed Bastian said the monthly surcharge would take effect on Nov. 1. He said the surcharge is necessary to address the financial risk the Atlanta-based airline faces from the decision to not vaccinate.
Wade Symons, partner and regulatory resources group leader at global consulting firm Mercer, reckons U.S. companies have reached a "tipping point" for taking stricter measures to motivate employees to get vaccinated.
"We anticipate more companies will announce vaccine mandates and surcharges in the coming weeks," he said.
Oh sure, a "tipping point!"
To be fair, it's worth noting:
Bastian said this week that while the surcharge will end, new hires at Delta will still have to be vaccinated.
Yeah, I bet that'll last! Good luck Delta!
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