State workers noncompliant with COVID-19 vaccine mandate face unpaid leave today

Connecticut state executive branch workers who have not complied with Gov. Ned Lamont's COVID-19 vaccine mandate could be placed on unpaid leave today.
The number of employees who have not complied has gone down significantly over the course of the week to just under 700.
Under the mandate, executive branch state employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.
Last week, the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition had asked for an extension saying many workers were placed on the non-compliance list despite filing the appropriate paperwork.
Gov. Lamont says agency heads and human resources representatives have been working all week with the noncompliant workers.
He says most of the workers who remain non-compliant are due to incomplete submissions.
Lamont says the unpaid leave would begin as soon as today and would take place for the employees who have no intentions of complying.
Lamont says jobs will be left unfilled for up to 45 days before the state considers hiring replacement workers.