Simplot managers for the Simplot Food Group Division will lose their positions if they are not vaccinated by December 20th.
A source with close ties to Simplot, who wished to remain anonymous, provided a letter to Idaho Dispatch from Simplot management. The Managers were first notified on November 5th of the vaccine requirement.
The letter indicates that the notified employees have 45 days from the date of the letter to become fully vaccinated.
The letter also states that the management team who received the letter has 14 days to request a religious or medical exemption. However, the source who spoke with Idaho Dispatch said that while Simplot says they are still accepting religious and medical exemptions, they are unaware of any manager who has had their religious exemption approved.
According to the source Idaho Dispatch spoke with, the vaccine requirement does not exist for the thousands of employees who do not work in the Food Group Division.
Idaho Dispatch asked the source what their thoughts were on the vaccination requirement. Here is what they told us,
Simplot Leadership Team says their employees are their number one asset but their actions and treatment of employees say otherwise. We worked during the entire pandemic which they profited off of while these top managers got to work from home, but that was not good enough and now they mandate those same people that they profited off of have to take an experimental vaccine that they won’t be liable for if an employee has adverse reactions. Employees who have worked for the company for nearly 30 years are being terminated right before Christmas. This is not something Jack Simplot would stand for but his family stands by and does nothing to stop it.
Idaho Dispatch also reached out to Simplot’s communications division for comment on the current status of the vaccine requirement. We also asked Simplot if they intend to fire those who are not vaccinated by December 20th. We have not received a response at this time.
Here is the full letter from Simplot to members of the FLT who were required to get the COVID-19 vaccination and had not yet done so:
COVID-19 Vaccines Required for Specific Roles in the Food Group
The FLT has identified which positions will require the COVID-19 Vaccination. Your role has been identified as one that requires the vaccination, based on the aspect of the job:
Need for be available to travel to support other facilities
If you have been fully vaccinated, please ensure you have attested to completing the vaccination requirement in MySimplot. You must also provide proof of vaccination within 14 days of this notification to Human Resources.
As of November 1, 2021, our MySimplot records Show Your Vaccination Status as:
Have Not Completed Vaccination Attestation
If you have not yet been fully vaccinated, and you are in a position that requires it, you have 45 days from today’s date to comply with this requirement, or your employment will be terminated. If you do not wish to be vaccinated, you are welcome to apply for other positions within the Company where there is currently no requirement to be vaccinated.
If you have a qualifying medical or religious reason for not getting vaccinated, please let me or Human Resources know within 14 days of this notification, so we can review your individual situation. All requests will be reviewed with both our Human Resources team in Boise, and by our Legal Department.
We appreciate everyone’s support as we work through the next several weeks, as we focus on ensuring a safe and healthy workplace.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, to HR, or to anyone on the FLT.
The letter to the non-vaccinated FLT members does indicate that they can apply to different positions within the company that does not require the COVID-19 vaccine to be employed.
Tags: Covid-19, COVID-19 Vaccine, Food Group Leadership Team, Simplot