L&E Global Webinars


Friday, 18 June 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway across the globe, and employers worldwide are confronted with complex issues as they seek to protect the health and safety of their workforces, while avoiding infringement of the rights of individual employees. In this webinar, a panel of lawyers from Australia, China, India, Japan and Singapore shared best practices and responses to some frequently asked questions, including

  • Can the employer require employees to be vaccinated, and if so, must exceptions or accommodations be made on religious or medical grounds? What types of disciplinary action may be taken against employees who refuse to be vaccinated?
  • What are the wage-hour implications of time expended getting vaccinations or leaves due to vaccination side effects?
  • Is the employer that requires vaccination liable for expenses or damages arising from illness or injury sustained through an adverse reaction to the vaccine?
  • If the employer does not require vaccination, must it accommodate employees who refuse to work with unvaccinated employees?
  • Can an employer that chooses not to require vaccination instead incentivise employees to be vaccinated (e.g. through bonuses, vouchers, additional time off, etc.)?

Speaker panel:

  • Sowmya Kumar (IndusLaw in India)
  • Thomas Choo (Clyde &Co Clasis in Singapore)
  • John Sandermoderator (Jackson Lewis in United States)
  • Tatsuo Yamashima (Atsumi & Sakai in Japan)
  • Amy Zhang (Harmers Workplace Lawyers in Australia)
  • Carol Zhu (Zhong Lun Law Firm in China)

 Watch the recording here.