LRA Publishes Guidance on Managing Vaccination Issues in the Workplace

Published on 07 June 2021
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The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) has published a free guide for employers and employees on the COVID-19 vaccination and the workplace.  The guidance includes a sample vaccination policy that employers can tailor to reflect their needs.

The new guide comes as many more employers are making arrangements for staff to return to the workplace.

The LRA’s Director of Employment Relations Services, Mark McAllister explains: “Getting vaccinated is a personal choice which means many workplaces could find some staff have the vaccine and others do not.  It is very important that employers are equipped to manage employee concerns and challenges, as well as the practicalities of returning to the workplace with some staff vaccinated, others not vaccinated yet, and those who may not get the vaccine at all. 

“This is uncharted territory for everyone and it will not always be straightforward.  We hope that our ‘Practical Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccination and the Workplace’, which is free to download at will prove a useful resource.  It sets out some of the key considerations for employers as well as some of the ethical, legal and practical challenges.  We have included a template COVID-19 vaccination policy to highlight the elements that should be included and to allow employers to tailor it to their own needs,” said Mark.

Key Takeaways for Employers

  • 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.