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Contentious COVID-19 vaccine poses a troubling legal concern for business

Resolution123 Founder Carly Stebbing has discussed with Sky News a variety of legal contentions which may emerge in the workplace as Australia moves towards a COVIDSafe future and prepares to distribute a coronavirus vaccine.

Some business leaders want National Cabinet to issue urgent guidelines on whether employers can direct staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and have expressed concerns over unfair dismissal claims if workers are sacked for refusing the jab.

Ms Stebbing said the context of the workplace would be important when deciding whether a directive to receive a coronavirus vaccination is reasonable or not.

“There isn’t an express law that permits it, but employers have always been able to rely on work health and safety legislation and issue and lawful and reasonable directions to employees to ensure the health and safety of the workplace”.


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