Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Thursday that establishments that are allowed to offer dine-in or in-person services under less stringent alert levels can withhold the pay or even fire employees who are not vaccinated.

He added that the recent guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) exempted certain establishments from the “no vaccine, no work” and “no vaccine, no pay” policies.

The labor chief was referring to the IATF rules on the implementation of the five-tier alert level system for Covid-19 response.

“There is no legal basis for mandatory vaccination for all workers. The IATF resolution is only for some establishments like restaurants and spas. They were allowed to offer dine-in services or in-person services provided that employees are vaccinated. The legal basis of restaurants and spas and other similar establishments is the resolution of the IATF,” the labor chief told a national daily.

However, currentph learned that there are already establishments who have imposed a policy of requiring their personnel to get vaccinated for Covid-19 or face non-renewal of their contracts, or even sanctions.Currentph was able to interview the cashiers and crew of a leading supermarket chain who said they were all required to get vaccinated for Covid-19 with the company providing the vaccines.

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