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Labour Relations Agency (LRA) Publishes Guidance On Managing Vaccination Issues in the Workplace

We have been asked by some Members for a Vaccination Policy and are pleased to see that the Labour Relations Agency has now published free Guidance on Managing Vaccination Issues in the Workplace, which includes a Sample Vaccination Policy.

The Guidance covers:

  • Key Considerations
  • Legal Obligations
  • Encouraging Vaccine Take-Up
  • Workplace Virus Testing
  • Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Risk Assessments
  • Recording Vaccination Data
  • Mandatory
  • Legal Risks
    • Unfair/Constructive Dismissal
    • Potential Discrimination Issues
  • Employee Relations
  • Data Protection Implications
  • Benefits of Introducing a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy …

The Vaccination Policy is divided into the following sections:

1.       Introduction and Overview
2.       Scope and Application of Policy
3.       Roles and Responsibilities
4.       Making an Informed Decision
5.       Maintaining a COVID-19 Secure Workplace
6.       Time-Off for Vaccination
7.       Incentives for Vaccination
8.       Proof of Vaccination
.       Changes to this Policy

Mark McAllister, Director of Employment Relations at the Labour Relations Agency has summarised the Key Takeaways in a news release:

  • Consider introducing a ‘COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace’ policy document.
  • Approach the issue of vaccination in a voluntary and encouraging way.
  • Be aware of the potential legal issues and risks that underpin the wording and implementation of a policy.
  • Always take into account fact sensitivities when applying a policy.
  • Strive to retain effective and harmonious employment relations regarding the implementation of a policy.

The Guidance and Policy can be accessed here