In November 2021, the State Government announced extended mandatory vaccination rules that will cover 75 per cent of the WA workforce — more than 1 million workers.
As at the date of publication, the Real Estate Industry has not become subject to mandatory vaccination rules.
While mandates have been in place for a number of sectors for some time, the new rules apply to the next groups of industries and will be rolled out based on three categories:
First dose by December 1, 2021 and fully vaccinated by December 31, 2021:
First dose by December 31, 2021 and fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022:
Must be fully vaccinated to attend work during a lockdown or similar restrictions:
Penalties for non-compliance will be up to $100,000 for employers and up to $20,000 for individual employees.
A government direction offers businesses some level of comfort around being able to provide reasonable and lawful directions to their employees to comply with the rules. However, Employees still need to ensure that they afford procedural fairness to their employees and do not fall foul of discrimination laws.
Lawful and reasonable directions involve the Employer undertaking risk assessments, consulting their workforce, implementing a vaccination policy and having processes in place to deal with legitimate objections to vaccination.
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