Activision Blizzard Will Let Studios Decide Their COVID Vaccine Policy

Activision Blizzard Will Let Studios Decide Their COVID Vaccine Policy


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Despite the company's decision to abandon the vaccination obligation, Activision Blizzard's studios will be able to set their return-to-work policies. Activision Blizzard executive Brian Bulatao stated in a follow-up email after the business came under fire after his original one was leaked. Bulatao announced in that first message that the corporation is lifting its vaccination demand before the return of US personnel to work in the coming months. Not everyone is pleased with the move, and a section of employees has planned a walkout on April 4th.

What Is Vaccine Policy?


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We are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of everyone and their families, our customers, and visitors. And the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19 or influenza, may be reduced by vaccinations. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities.

Everyone is required to receive vaccinations as determined by (insert relevant department or safety committee) unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Employees not in compliance with this policy will be placed on unpaid leave until the human resources department determines their employment status.

The human resources department will notify everyone about the type of vaccinations covered by this policy and the timeframes for administering the vaccines.

The human resources department will notify everyone about the type of vaccinations covered by this policy and the timeframes for administering the vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free, whether an individual has health insurance or not. When not received in-house, vaccinations should be run through your health insurance and submitted for reimbursement.

To comply with this policy, everyone must work with their managers to organize a suitable time for offsite vaccinations. Before the stated deadlines to be vaccinated have expired, you will be required to provide either proof of immunization or an approved reasonable accommodation to be exempted from the requirements.

Activision Blizzard Will Allow Studios to Determine Their COVID Vaccine Policy

The ABK Workers Alliance, created after the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission launched a sexual harassment case against the gambling company, is organizing a walkout to demand an "immediate reversal of abolishing the vaccination mandate." It also wants the corporation to make remote work a permanent option and provide each employee the opportunity of working remotely or in the office. An ABK Workers Alliance representative told Polygon that earlier talks with the corporation resulted in the decision to keep the vaccination mandate for workers returning to work. "Any staff did not test this latest update before its announcement," they stated.

Following the news of the walkout, Bulatao wrote out his second email, assuring staff that the company's various studios may "choose the processes and rules that work best for their employees and locations depending on local conditions and risk." Returning to the office is also still a voluntary option at this point. Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra informed colleagues in an email that the company will continue its vaccination requirements "for at least the next several months," according to Bloomberg writer Jason Schreier. Ybarra also claimed that at least 80% of Blizzard employees had uploaded evidence of vaccination.

Activision Blizzard did not say whether its employees' reactions to the vaccination obligation affected Bulatao's follow-up email in a statement emailed to Polygon. It did, however, state that it will not retaliate against workers who take part in the strike:

"Our employees' health and safety are at the center of everything we do, including our return-to-work policy. While Activision Blizzard's vaccination obligation in the United States has been repealed, most of our workers are still qualified for a voluntary return to work. Furthermore, workers who cannot return to the office are invited to work with their boss and our HR team to explore solutions for working arrangements that are appropriate for their unique circumstances. We will continue to evaluate situations and make policy changes as needed.

We recognize that some employees may participate in a walkout to voice their opinions. The company supports its workers' freedom to express themselves in a safe and nonthreatening environment and will not retaliate against anybody who chooses to join in this walkout. The business also hopes that those who strike will do it legally, safely, and peacefully."

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