Coronavirus (COVID-19)—testing and vaccination issues for employers

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—testing and vaccination issues for employers
  • The issues in context
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Data protection considerations
  • Lawful and specific conditions for processing
  • Legitimate interests
  • Obligations and rights under employment law
  • Public health
  • Is the processing ‘necessary’?
  • Contractual and disciplinary considerations
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—testing and vaccination issues for employers

UPDATE (17/9/21): The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published on 15 September 2021 a letter from the director of adult social care delivery to local authorities, directors of adult social services, care home providers, care home managers and agencies. The letter outlines how, on a temporary basis, people working or volunteering in care homes who have a medical reason why they are unable to have a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will be able to self-certify that they meet the medical exemption criteria. See: LNB News 16/09/2021 36. This Practice Note has been updated to reflect the correspondence.
UPDATE (16/9/21): The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published new advice on vaccination for care home staff in England. The advice helps employees and employers at care homes in England to understand the recent government rules regarding vaccinations. From 11 November 2021, anyone who works inside a Care Quality Commission registered care home in England must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus unless they are exempt. See: LNB News 10/09/2021 80. This Practice Note has been updated to reflect the new guidance.

This Practice Note considers the issues that arise in the employment context in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and vaccination, and checking COVID status ie the NHS COVID pass

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