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Should employers have the right to ask employees about vaccination status?

 - COVID-19 - Sep 13
Should employers have the right to ask employees about vaccination status?

The Malta Chamber of SMEs has proposed that employers should have the right to know whether or not their employees have been vaccinated and if they have been to high-risk countries. This proposal was part of the chamber’s annual budget proposals and consisted of 26 items covering a variety of aspects of the local economy such as COVID-19 restrictions and employees choosing not to get vaccinated being unable to receive paid quarantine leave.

The chamber also proposed that employees travelling to high-risk countries shouldn’t be entitled to paid quarantine leave. The proposals also include incentives for socially-distances activities such as team-building to increase morale within employees.

Amongst others, the chamber also called for pandemic assistance schemes such as bank loan moratoria and wage supplements to aid the businesses which have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. Further proposals include the lowering of income tax, digitisation of businesses, no ODZ development in Gozo and more.

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