An overview on a Workplace Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for Employers

South Africa, much like many other countries in the world, has been caught in controversies relating to vaccine mandates, where there are parties for and against the mandate. While there are parties urging employers in South Africa not to apply this policy in the workplace, others are considering the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the obligation that both employees and employers must ensure a healthy and safe workplace.

Posted date: 7th Feb 2022

New rules say Covid-19 vaccines can be made mandatory

New rules say Covid-19 vaccines can be made mandatory In mid-June, the South African Department of Employment and Labour (DoEL) issued an update on the occupational health and safety directive, allowing employers to implement a mandatory workplace vaccination policy, amongst others, which is subjected to certain guidelines. There have been many debates over whether employers can or cannot force their employees to take the Covid-19 vaccine, and while the latest directive sheds light on this matter, it also ensures that employers are reminded to consider the rights that employees have with regards to bodily integrity and religious freedoms and beliefs.

Posted date: 5th Jul 2021
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