Repeal of provisions relating to COVID-19 vaccination under the Employment Ordinance
The Labour Department announced on 12 April 2023 that the provisions under the Employment Ordinance ("EO") relating to a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request (the "Vaccination Provisions") will be repealed with effect on 16 June 2023, one year after they first came into effect on 17 June 2022.
The Vaccination Provisions were introduced last year as part of the Government's anti-epidemic measures. One of the Vaccination Provisions included that an employer could legally dismiss an employee due to non-compliance with a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request made by the employer.
With the removal of the statutory Vaccine Pass requirement earlier this year and having consulted the Health Bureau and the Department of Health, the Government will repeal the provisions under the EO relating to a legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request on 16 June 2023. This means that legitimate vacation requests made prior to 16 June 2023 will cease to have effect from that date onwards and non-compliance with the vaccination requests will no longer be a lawful reason to dismiss an employee.
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