HR Tips & Answers

Covid 19 vaccination – Can we require employees to have a jab?

Hmm short answer…it depends.

You should first be clear on whether there are any enforceable Health orders for your business in place that require you and your staff to be vaccinated.  In these cases, there is a straightforward decision.

Either way, talk to your employees and let them know what you are expecting, from these discussions you will be able to gauge their responses.

If concerns are raised, then you need to understand why they don’t want to be vaccinated.  Some employees may simply be nervous about the vaccine and this information is really important for the employer to understand.

If the employee concerns revolve around legitimate concerns e.g personal medical or religious grounds, then as employers we are obliged to ensure that we have considered these and have taken whatever steps we need to mitigate the risks or issues.  If we don’t the employee may be entitled to make a claim against you and the business. Remember you cannot discriminate.

This article from Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors is helpful and worth reading before you make any firm decisions.

https://hradvanceprofessional.com.au/news-articles/so,-surely-you-can-make-all-your-employees-get-covid-vaccinated?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl-article-leadership-concerns-study-10-02-2021

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Published: Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
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