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Religious Exemption to LANL Vax Mandate Means Leave Without Pay
Workers who secure a religious exemption to the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be barred from the lab and allowed only to go on vacation or take leave without pay until they quit their jobs or get vaccinated, according to an all-hands memo from lab Director Thomas Mason. “On October 15, staff who have been granted a religious exemption will be placed on [leave without pay] status or may use vacation until the Laboratory determines the threat of COVID-19 has diminished sufficiently to allow them to return to work,” Mason wrote in the Sept. 20 memo, the text of which Nuclear Security & Deterrence Monitor saw this…
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