MOM, NTUC and the SNEF has released a new set of guidelines in an advisory regarding COVID vaccination.
It recommends that employers should not make COVID vaccination mandatory for staff, though it adds that those in higher-risk settings may make vaccination a requirement as part of company policy.
This requirement may be imposed at the point of recruitment or advertisement for new hires into work settings with a higher risk of COVID infection. However, existing staff who decline to be vaccinated cannot be fired.
Redeployment is possible but no termination of staff who decline vaccination
Introduce paid sick leave for staff who are getting vaccinated
Employers should find out why employees decline to be vaccinated and address their concerns.
The partners also reminded employers and employees to continue observing safe management measures at workplaces even after vaccination.
Employees should do their part by choosing to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others in the workplace.