COVID-19: Global employee vaccination and testing guide

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As national COVID-19 related restrictions begin to ease, our cross-border guide provides a quick overview of the key questions and issues for employers as staff return to the workplace across a range of jurisdictions. The guide is colour-coded by reference to an employer’s ability and freedom to implement COVID vaccinations and testing for its staff.

Employers that are preparing for and managing a return to the workplace have to consider what role employee vaccinations against and testing for COVID can play, if any, in facilitating that return.

Our colour-coded guide highlights the extent to which employers have the ability and freedom to implement policies on vaccination and testing, and addresses:

  • Whether vaccination is mandatory under local law in different jurisdictions;
  • Employers’ ability to ask employees if they have been vaccinated, or require vaccination as a condition of employment; and
  • How far employers can impose testing requirements as a condition for entry to the workplace.

The guide also highlights other steps that employers can take to encourage employee vaccination where this is not mandatory under local law.

Next steps

The issues surrounding mandatory vaccinations and testing requirements are complex and change rapidly. Clients can keep up to date with the current position by accessing our employee vaccination and testing guide.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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