Central Luzon employers reminded: ‘No vaccine, no work’ policy is banned
Businesses in Central Luzon are prohibited from enforcing a “no vaccine, no work” policy in the workplace, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Under DOLE Labor Advisory 3, series of 2021 or the “Guidelines on the Administration of Covid-19 Vaccines in the Workplaces,” employers in the private sector cannot force a policy requiring personnel to be vaccinated before reporting to work.
“The vaccination policy in the workplace is not mandatory and no cost of the vaccination shall directly or indirectly be charged to the employees,” DOLE Region 3 Labor Relations and Labor Standards division chief Maria Rima Hernandez said during 7th board meeting of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.
The official said employees who refuse to get vaccinated should not face any form of discrimination in terms of tenure, promotion, training, pay, and other benefits, or termination from employment.
“Management and employees must agree on the vaccination policy, with or without any conditions or undertaking, before its implementation to avoid conflicts,” Hernandez said.
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