CARY – The Supreme Court of the United States of America blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirement aimed at employers with more than 100 workers, freezing a lower court opinion.

But some Triangle firms won’t change existing policies.

That includes SAS.  “We required vaccines of US employees prior to the Presidential mandate and will continue to do so,” a spokesperson for the company told WRAL TechWire on Friday.  “SAS remains committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees and community and to leading responsibly.”

SAS pushed back opening its corporate headquarters, in Cary, until March 1, at the earliest, earlier this week.  In November, sources told WRAL TechWire that 97% of the privately-held company’s U.S. workforce had furnished proof of vaccination.

SAS pushes back full campus reopening to March 1 due to COVID surge

The Supreme Court’s decision won’t change policies at Red Hat, either, a spokesperson for the Raleigh-headquartered company that is owned by IBM.

The spokesperson noted, that as a federal contractor, Red Hat doesn’t have plans to change its internal mandate.  “At this time,” the spokesperson said.  “We are always assessing the situation and, as things change, we may make adjustments to our policy based on what’s best for our associates’ health and well-being.”

Raleigh-headquartered Pendo will still require its workers to be vaccinated in order to work in the company’s offices, a spokesperson for the company told WRAL TechWire on Friday.  Pendo CEO Todd Olson noted in a presentation earlier this month that he won’t update or revise current Pendo policies until later this year.

COVID fallout: Several Triangle firms reconsider return to office, timelines