International: What employers around the world need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines Right Now | 2 September 2021

In brief

As the world-wide roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations becomes more widespread, organizations looking to protect their workforces and promote business continuity must continue to navigate a fast evolving framework of national protocols and regulatory regimes.

An increasing number of jurisdictions across the globe are publishing guidelines and legislation governing the legal and practical aspects of workplace vaccination programs, along with workforce screening and other workplace health and safety measures. As such, we are advising employers on the permissibility of vaccine mandates in particular jurisdictions, the ability to require proof of vaccination (including data privacy considerations), how to treat employees who refuse vaccines, workplace health and safety requirements, and much more.

To ensure your HR and legal counsel remain up-to-date on the latest employment law regulations globally, below is a selection of our latest vaccination updates:

To read Part 1 of our HR Trend Watch on vaccinations, click here.


Contents


GLOBAL

Global: Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination? Before You Act, Consider These Key Issues for US and Multinational Employers

APAC

Philippines: Promotion of COVID-19 Vaccination in the Private Sector and Classification of COVID-19 as an Occupational and Work-Related Disease

Singapore: Can Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19? 

Thailand: The Legal Tidbits - Workplace Vaccinations: Key Considerations for Employers (Video)

EMEA

Netherlands: Amsterdam - Employees Back in the Office - What Should Employers Think About?

Saudi Arabia: Mandatory Vaccination to Attend the Workplace

South Africa: Guidance Issued on Mandatory Vaccination Policies for the Workplace

United Kingdom: Returning to the Office - 10 Top Tips for UK Employers

LATAM

LATAM: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Workplace in Latin America

Brazil: Employer Mandated Vaccination - Possible, But Not Without Risks*

Peru: Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Law

NA

Canada: Mandatory Vaccinations in the Canadian Workplace (Video)

Mexico: New Federal Guidelines for States to Follow When Issuing Regulations Regarding the Third COVID-19 Wave in Mexico (Video)

United States: So You Say You're Vaccinated? Prove it! (Except as Prohibited by Employment or Privacy Laws) (Video)

United States: Momentum to Mandate - What Employers Need to Know Now (Video)

United States: Best Practices for Tracking Proof of Employee Vaccinations (Video)

United States: Vaccine Mandates – What TMT Companies Need to Know (Podcast)

United States: OSHA Joins the Chorus - Updated Agency Guidance Encourages Employers to Mandate the Jab

United States: EEOC Updates Its COVID-19 Technical Assistance: Employers Administering Vaccines Can Offer Non-Coercive Incentives to Employees

 

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