US: Federal Vaccine-or-Test Mandate Hits the Lottery System

A week after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its long-awaited vaccine-or-test requirements, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed its stay of the November 5, 2021 OSHA mandate.  The panel found the federal mandate – which came in the form of a rare emergency temporary standard (ETS) and covers … Read more

COVID HEALTH PASS: A REVIEW ACROSS 33 JURISDICTIONS

There are many different rules and regulations governing how employees return to the physical workplace, following the upheaval of Covid-19, and how to ensure the health and safety of workforces. Do employees need to provide proof of a double vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from COVID-19?  The law is rapidly changing and varies … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – October 2021

Our October update covers the following: the Enforcement Decree to the Serious Accident Punishment Act (SAPA) in South Korea, which provides guidance on key obligations in the SAPA – see our summary on the obligations for business owners and managerial personnel to prevent serious industrial accidents; in the PRC the Personal Information Protection Law will … Read more

Australia: Victoria – New broad-reaching direction for workers to get vaccinated

Note (22 October 2021): The Directions referred to in the below article have since been replaced by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 5). These latest Directions now apply until 11.59pm, 18 November 2021, which aligns with the newly extended State of Emergency. Whilst the remainder of the information contained in the below article … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – September 2021

Our September update covers the following: upcoming changes in Singapore, including workplace discrimination and the requirement to notify the Ministry of Manpower of any retrenchments (a change from the previous requirement to notify after 5 employees had been made redundant in a six month period) – see here changes to the PRC social security regime for … Read more

REMOTE/CONTROLLED = THE NEW TRUST EQUATION: THE FUTURE OF WORK REPORT 2021

Radical upheavals in working life are taking hold at a global level as remote and hybrid working leave lasting changes across industries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, employers are more inclined to advocate about geopolitical and social issues, use technology to manage and monitor the new ways of working, and adopt … Read more

South Africa: how to manage long COVID in the workplace

Discovery Health’s Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence, Doctor Noluthando Nematswerani, said “Long COVID affects every aspect of life, it affects one’s mental health and one’s ability to focus and work, and could have economic consequences too. This is why it’s so important that we acknowledge the prevalence and growing awareness around Long COVID.” … Read more

UK Covid-19: update on latest employment law developments and cases; extended gender pay gap reporting deadline imminent

Below is a round-up of recent Covid-related developments. Changes to the self-isolation rules for double-jabbed workers came into force in England from 16 August.  Individuals who received their second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days earlier no longer need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of someone testing positive, but are … Read more

South Africa: mandatory vaccinations – can employees be dismissed for declining a jab?

On 2 September 2021, it was reported that Discovery, South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator, will make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory from the start of 2022. The report notes that the mandatory vaccination policy recognises an employee’s right to object to the vaccination and will include a process to consider the employee’s health, religious and other … Read more