Workers who were put on unpaid suspension at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) for not getting vaccinated have until Friday, March 25, to tell the company if they are returning to work.
CNRL communicated this with workers in an internal letter sent to staff letting them know they will end the vaccine mandate for workers on April 4.
The internal Return to Work Notice, obtained by Lakeland Connect said CNRL “Has reviewed its COVID-19 policy and will be adjusting measures accordingly” with regards to “Continuing easing and removal of public health protocol.”
Pay and benefits will resume April 4 for those returning but the company also advised those who were “Non-compliant with the COVID-19 policy” will not be eligible for the company’s 2021 bonus program.
If workers do not reach out to CNRL to inform them of the desire to return to work it will be assumed that you have resigned.
In late September, staff and contractors at CNRL were told to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1 as rapid testing would no longer be offered as an alternative to unvaccinated workers.
According to Alberta Health data from December 15, 2,272 workers at CNRL’s Albian, Horizon, and Jackfish Lodge sites caught COVID-19 in outbreaks at those sites. Eight people also died during those same outbreaks. At the time, CNRL was the only oilsands operator requiring workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
That mandate will end on April 4 and will allow the unvaccinated to return to work according to the letter. Employees are directed to sign and return the letter to CNRL’s HR department by Friday to “Confirm your intention to return to work.”