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The four legal issues preventing employers from mandating vaccination

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Around half of hospitality businesses want to be legally supported to check their employees’ COVID vaccination status, an industry survey has revealed.

Restaurant and Catering Industry Association CEO Wes Lambert told Jim Wilson the small businesses surveyed “overwhelmingly” wanted to be able to ensure their staff’s safety.

Most are desperate to do whatever it takes to prevent further lockdowns.

“There’s four legal issues: one is the Safe Work Australia [and] workplace health and safety, both [for] protecting your employees, and employees ensuring that they are protecting themselves.

“Then it’s … the Fair Work Act, which could never have been written specifically for a pandemic.

“And it is privacy and the Discrimination [Act].”

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Real estate expert Tom Panos predicts vendors will eventually shun unvaccinated agents, and told Jim Wilson he’s already seeing it happen.

“The property sold, and we needed the vendor to sign the contract.

“The property was located in the Canterbury-Bankstown area, the vendor doesn’t live in the Canterbury-Bankstown area, and … says ‘I don’t want to meet anyone’.”

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NSW Labor leader Chris Minns told Jim Wilson his party will “certainly look” at supporting the called-for legal changes in the future, when vaccine supply is no longer an issue.

“In, say, six or twelve months’ time when it’s universally available, I can’t be in a situation where I’m saying to somebody … that it’s okay for somebody on your shift to not have the vaccine.

“That’s not fair, and it’s not right.”

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