COVID Vaccines in the workplace

Vince Scopelliti - Wednesday, September 01, 2021

As Australia’s vaccine program ramps up, many employers are asking questions about whether or not they can mandate COVID19 vaccinations as a condition of employment. The answer is, ‘it depends’.

  • The Fair Work Commission have provided some helpful industrial advice for employers to consider when forming policy positions on workplace vaccinations. Fair Work recommend that employers consider:   
  • “whether a specific law (such as a state or territory public health law) requires an employee to be vaccinated (see Legislation and public health orders requiring vaccination against coronavirus) 
  • whether an enterprise agreement, other registered agreement or employment contract includes a provision about requiring vaccinations 
  • if no law, agreement or employment contract applies that requires vaccination, whether it would be lawful and reasonable for an employer to give their employees a direction to be vaccinated (which is assessed on a case by case basis).”  

Consideration regarding Occupational Health and Safety obligations should also be given. For more information and guidance on COVID-19 and employment law, visit the link below.   

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