The development of the COVID-19 vaccines has brought hope of returning to some semblance of a pre-COVID workplace. As governments around the world acquire the vaccines and begin implementing their vaccination efforts, employers are left to ascertain their response, considering their duties to protect workers' health and safety and the need to resume normal operations. Littler's global team is pleased to provide you with the "COVID-19 Vaccination" global guide, which analyzes the legal and practical implications of the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace.
This April 2021 update of the guide now expands to 76 jurisdictions, addressing important topics (some new), including:
- Can an employer require employees or applicants to be vaccinated?
- Is there legal protection to be excused from being vaccinated (e.g., religious accommodation/disability accommodation)?
- Are employees entitled to compensation for the time spent getting vaccinated?
- What are the privacy implications?
- Can employers unilaterally mandate employee vaccinations in a collective representation setting?
- Can an employer ask an employee to disclose vaccination status?
- New laws, regulations, or guidance dealing with COVID-19 vaccinations
- Related topics within the context of employee benefits, teleworking, record keeping, etc.
This guide is for informational purposes only, and not intended to substitute for legal advice. Littler reserves the right to distribute this guide to current and prospective clients only. Because the COVID-19 situation is fluid, employers should consult with counsel for the latest developments and updated guidance on this topic.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.