Can employers force workers to be vaccinated?

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As Sydney faces the reality of a protracted lockdown and Melbourne’s sixth lockdown is extended at least one more week, various levels of government have mooted that only vaccinations will end the cycle of opening and closing the country.

Last week fruit and vegetable manufacturer SPC announced unvaccinated people would not be welcome at their workplace, sparking debate over whether employers would be able to make vaccines compulsory.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no legislation would be put in place to make vaccinations mandatory, and it would be up to employers to set their own rules within the bounds of the Fair Work Act.

Already, the Fair Work Commission has had to grapple with the rules around employees who have been dismissed for refusing to have mandatory flu vaccinations and the catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic is only going to make these rulings more complicated.

Today on Please Explain, industrial relations reporter Nick Bonyhady joins Nathanael Cooper to discuss the latest news in the mandatory vaccination debate.

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