Unvaccinated staff to face regular testing in key industries

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

SINGAPORE: Selected industries in Singapore will be mandated to regularly test their unvaccinated employees, starting from October 1 this year.

The Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Health, National Trades Union Congress, and Singapore National Employers Federation said workers in the healthcare, food services and eldercare industries would be required to get vaccinated or undergo the regular testing regime.

The combined statement advised employers they could not terminate workers or threaten to do so on the basis of their vaccination status. They also cannot place employees on no-pay leave without mutual consent in writing.

“Employers, however, may exercise the right to contractually terminate employment if unvaccinated employees are found to be in non-compliance with workplace safety measures. Employers are allowed to enquire about employee’s vaccination status and request proof,” the tripartite partners, representing each of the government, employers, and labour shared.

They added that employers must urge medically-eligible employees to participate in Covid-19 vaccination, while coordinating education programmes and information on vaccine safety. “Companies must also facilitate paid time-off for employees to receive their vaccinations,” the combined statement said.

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