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The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and Safe Work Australia (SWA) have released updated guidance for employers and employees about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace.
Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, said, “The latest guidance provided by the FWO and SWA reinforces the Federal Government’s broader vaccine policy that vaccination should be voluntary.”
“As the Prime Minister has said many times, the government expects that the overwhelming majority of Australians will want to be vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones, and so they can get on with their lives without disruption.”
The guidance was developed after a series of roundtable meetings with employers and unions. While it aims to be comprehensive, every workplace will be different and anyone still unsure about their obligations is urged to seek independent advice.
Both the FWO and SWA have stressed that the overwhelming majority of employers should assume they will not be able to require their employees to be vaccinated. Similarly, it is unlikely in the majority of circumstances that employees could refuse to come to work because, for instance, a colleague had not been vaccinated.
That said, employers should be aware of any public health orders that may have been issued by relevant state and territory government health agencies that could require certain workers to be vaccinated in some high-risk industries.
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APRA has released its Quarterly General Insurance Performance Statistics and Quarterly General Insurance Institution Level Statistics publications for September 2021
Prue Monument has joined AFCA as the General Manager of Code Compliance and Monitoring and is the new CEO of the Banking Code Compliance Committee.
ASIC has commenced civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court against MLC Limited for insurance policy and service failures