22 September 2021
According to the daily publication Der Standard, Austrian Labour Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) asked the Austrian Employment Agency (AMS), in a letter dated 25 August, to “block unemployment benefits for job seekers who refuse either to apply for a reasonable job on the sole pretext that a vaccination is required or to accept a job for the same reason.” In Austria, more and more companies, especially in the health and social sectors, are requiring new hires to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and the AMS...
16 September 2021
‘From 1 October, following UK government confirmation that all adults have had the opportunity to get double vaccinated, we will no longer be paying full sick pay for pinged colleagues who have chosen not to be vaccinated,’ the Morrisons supermarket chain announced. This lowering of sick pay will only affect employees who are not fully vaccinated and have to quarantine. Employees suffering Covid-19 symptoms and those who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated and need to isolate will still be able...
27 April 2021
The government and employers are preparing to sign an agreement that allows mutual insurance companies to assist in inoculating employees. The agreement between the CEOE employers’ body and the Ministry of Health, should be ratified by the end of the week 26 April, and will authorize mutual insurance companies to actively participate in the vaccination effort by way of administering vaccines to employees in companies with more than 250 staff. This is a first, since until now the inoculation campaign has only...
22 April 2021
Large companies in the metals, chemical and financial sectors are busy gearing up for their participation in Germany’s national vaccination campaign. Volkswagen and BASF have even started pilot projects, administering a few hundred vaccinations per day. However, due to insufficient vaccine supplies, mass inoculation in companies will not start before June, and before then a number of legal and ethical issues still need to be resolved.
21 April 2021
Following the conclusion of consultations on 20 April with the Ministry of Labor and the social partners, a list of some twenty private sector professions has been identified as priorities in France’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign. The professions include vehicle drivers, taxi and cab drivers, public transport inspectors, maintenance workers, security guards and buildings caretakers, food retail employees, funeral directors, and unskilled workers in the food industry (a complete list can be found below)....
19 April 2021
Car manufacturers, food companies and retail giants are opening vaccination sites and offering bonuses to encourage their employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
15 April 2021
As of 11 April, the Indian government has authorized employers to vaccinate their employees at the workplace, and in line with the national vaccination campaign’s priorities. Several companies have decided to cover the cost of the inoculation effort.
12 April 2021
Anyone in Argentina who has received the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine may be called to work on site, regardless of their age or any underlying conditions, under new rules issued by the government.
9 April 2021
The protocol signed on 6 April will allow companies that put themselves forward to set up a vaccination plan for employees who wish to be vaccinated, once vaccines are widely available in Italy. Mario Draghi’s government, employer organisations and trade unions have also updated the protocols on health and safety at work, set out in spring of last year.
22 March 2021
As of next month, company doctors in Germany will be able to make a full contribution to the Covid-19 vaccination campaign at firms across the country. According to VDBW, Germany’s association of occupational physicians, some 12,000 company doctors could vaccinate close to 5 million employees per month. However, the administering of vaccines in the workplace raises many legal questions. Can an employer oblige or only encourage their employees to get vaccinated? Can a business know which of its staff have...