LEGAL UPDATE – Public Well being Instructions prolonged in Queensland

IN BRIEF By the use of replace, we connect the Public Well being (Additional Extension of Declared Public Well being Emergency—COVID-19) Regulation (No. 2) 2022.

Abstract

On 17 June 2022, Queensland’s declared public well being emergency for COVID-19 was prolonged to 11.59 pm on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Consequently, Public Well being Instructions (PHD) with an finish date of 24 June 2022 have been mechanically prolonged till 11.59 pm on Thursday 22 September 2022. Instructions can be progressively up to date to reference the brand new date of twenty-two September 2022.

What does this imply for you?

If you’re an employer or office topic to the PHD, it’s now time to think about:

  • The place you’ve got workers who usually are not vaccinated, and topic to a contraindication, whether or not the contraindication certificates continues to be present. If it isn’t present, you need to ask them for an replace on their vaccination standing. In the event that they proceed to work the place the contraindication certificates has expired, your office can be in breach of the PHD.
  • The place you’ve got workers who usually are not vaccinated, and never topic to a contraindication, however have taken prolonged depart or are working from house, you need to take into account whether or not the present association can proceed till 22 September 2022.
  • If an worker shouldn’t be vaccinated, and never topic to a contraindication, you might want to think about whether or not their employment can proceed. It will be important in such circumstances that procedurally honest processes are applied to make sure compliance with the Honest Work Act 2009.

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