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Can you be sacked for refusing a vaccine?

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Ian Neil, employment & industrial law barrister, for his view on whether you can be fired for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

This follows the Fair Work Commission upholding a childcare centre’s decision to dismiss an employee last week for refusing to comply with the centre’s mandatory flu vaccination policy without a proper medical excuse.

 

The commission held that the mandatory vaccination policy was lawful and reasonable, such that the child care worker’s refusal to be vaccinated was a valid reason for her dismissal.

 

But on the other side, two other prominent federal bodies, the Fair Work Ombudsman and SafeWork Australia, recently said most employers were unlikely to be able to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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