Although the government has removed the obligation to wear masks in public buildings, workers still have the right to refuse to work. Those who fear contracting COVID-19 may face no consequences if they refuse to do so. This complies with the rules re-released on Friday 24 June.
The latest restrictions imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted by Health Minister Joe Faala. On Thursday, June 23, Phaahla said the risk of survival from the virus had been reduced to a level where these restrictions were no longer needed.
Labor Secretary Tulas Nxesi later re-released a set of workplace rules. First published in February, these rules set out a number of specific business requirements to protect COVID-19 employees.
The protection of the right to refuse work is extraordinary. "Any employee may refuse to perform work if circumstances arise that reasonably pose a serious and immediate risk of infection with the SARS-CoV virus for the employee or a health and safety representative. -2",
Employees are not required to follow a specific process and can disable the tool before notifying their supervisor of the cause. Employees may not be “dismissed, disciplined, harmed, or harassed” for refusing to work within the meaning of this provision.
The regulations are officially known as the Code of Good Practice: Management of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace. According to this code, employers are required to draw up a risk assessment plan.
The plan may require certain types of workers to be vaccinated. These employees may also be required to provide proof of vaccination. For those who wish to be vaccinated, employers must provide paid leave and transportation.
For those who do not wish to be vaccinated, regulations state that this must be "adjusted". Business Insider reports that employers who can provide a VALID medical reason not to be vaccinated must place the employee in a position that does not require vaccination.
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