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

Note (15 October 2021): The Directions referred to in the below article have since been replaced by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 2). Whilst the information contained in the below article remains largely correct, there were some mostly minor edits so readers are recommended to review the latest Directions to ensure compliance with … 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

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – August 2021

Our August update focuses on health and safety obligations across Greater China: in the wake of another high profile sexual harassment in the workplace allegation, what are employers’ obligations in relation to preventing sexual harassment in the PRC?  An overview, including the new Shenzhen Sexual Harassment Behaviour Guide, is available here. employee mental health and … Read more

South Africa: can employers dismiss employees who are not vaccinated?

Recently, there have been media reports in South Africa that Sasol, one of South Africa’s largest employers, intends to request approval for the mass vaccination of its employees and service providers in anticipation of a planned shutdown event which requires more than 20 000 people on site over a period of 23 days. The purpose … Read more