It seems fifty percent of managers wish to see the introduction of a jabs for jobs policy should you wish to return to work from being furloughed or from working from home.
This is a relatively new suggestion and already lawyers are saying there is currently no legislation in place in the UK on mandatory vaccinations, and the UK Government has confirmed that it will not introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for UK residents and will leave it up to individual employers.
Apparently under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic (these include age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) and lawyers are suggesting that a danger that a no jab, no job policy could discriminate under one or more of these protected characteristic, although I have absolutely no idea how.
I believe that Google, Netflix, and Facebook have already put this jabs for jobs policy into action although many people are reluctant to return to work as they feel they are quite capable of doing their job from home as they have been all through the pandemic.
Their argument being that all they need is a computer and a phone and they can do their job from virtually anywhere, in which case I feel I should point out that there are people all over the world who have computers and phones who currently work in foreign call centres etc who would be only too happy to do the job that people in the UK are reluctant to return too and at a considerably cheaper price.
So to all those reluctant to return to work, I suggest be careful what you wish for as you may end up in a situation where you don’t have to go back to work as someone else is doing it for you.