Under Armour Will Require Vaccinations for Employees to Return to Campus in 2022

On the heels of its better-than-expected earnings for Q1, Under Armour has laid out a plan to bring employees back to the office.

The Baltimore-based company has pushed off its return-to-office plan until early 2022, marking a delay from its anticipated return date of Sept. 13, 2021. Those who wish to return to the office sooner may do so on a voluntary basis starting Sept. 13, 2021, as long as they are fully vaccinated.

Under Armour will require all employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 31, 2021, when the offices reopen in January 2022 in order to return to campus and engage in company-sponsored travel. Retail and distribution workers are not required to be vaccinated, but those who are unvaccinated must wear masks while at work.

“The health, safety and well-being of our teammates as well as their families are our top priority,” said Tchernavia Rocker, Under Armour’s chief people and administrative officer. “We want to provide teammates with a safe work environment and, at this time, we believe that being vaccinated is the way to keep our team healthy and safe.”

Across all industries, the spread of the Delta variant has placed certain return-to-office plans in flux. With the variant accounting for 83% of new COVID cases, some offices have already delayed their returns.

In May, Nike said it planned to bring employees back to its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., in September with a “3-2 flexible work model,” which allows employees to work remotely up to two days a week. Adidas said last week that it planned to increase capacity on its Portland, Ore., campus to 50% on Aug. 2 on a voluntary basis after operating at 25% capacity on a voluntary basis.

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