New Zealand to impose vaccination on hotel staff

Vaccination against COVID-19 could be made mandatory for workers in places where customers must also show proof of their own jab, such as hospitality places, under a new law now in effect throughout the country. New Zealand.

The government will introduce a new risk assessment model in which business owners and managers can decide whether they want to require all staff to be fully vaccinated for various types of work in progress. The government says the process will establish a clear legal framework within which this decision can be made and implemented.

New Zealand Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood said the new measure was introduced following calls from companies and unions to make workplaces as safe as possible.

The new regulations will apply to any business requiring the presentation of a vaccination certificate.

“We have heard calls from employers and employees to provide certainty on the roles that vaccinated workers must fulfill in protecting against COVID-19,” said Minister Wood.

“This risk assessment will build on the advice provided by WorkSafe, with input from public health officials, business representatives and unions. It will cover factors such as whether a workplace involves interaction with customers. “

Under the proposal, companies that choose to require their staff to be vaccinated must provide four weeks’ notice to workers to either receive their first vaccine or provide a valid medical exemption before layoff discussions can begin.

New Zealand imposes vaccine
The Novotel Auckland Airport acts as a quarantine facility for New Zealand.

“This change will only apply to employees who have no notice period, or whose notice periods are less than four weeks. Most employees will have notice periods in their employment contract, ”added Minister Wood.

To another extent, New Zealand has also presented plans to halve the time for travelers from hot spots identified as part of its announced plan to reopen to the world.

From November 14, the mandatory time spent in Managed Segregation and Quarantine (MIQ) will drop from 14 to seven days for overseas arrivals, with home segregation taking effect until a negative test be returned on day 9.

The country is in the process of implementing its previously announced traffic light system which identifies a level of risk for travelers based on their country of departure.

Peter M. Doran