Employees should pay for the tests themselves

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Employers are proposing a fundamental change in the rules. They want to have an overview of the vaccinations of their employees.

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Employers are proposing a fundamental change in the rules. They want to have an overview of the vaccinations of their employees.

Illustrative image of the article Companies want to check COVID passports at work: Employees should pay for the tests themselves

Among the proposals of the expert council to save lives and maintain a functioning health system was the introduction of COVID passports (OTPs) to enter employment from the Red District.

COVID passports and testing

Some companies supported the proposal. The companies associated in the Business Leaders Forum (BLF) have proposed that employers have the right to regulate entry to the workplace under the OTP regime according to current measures within the COVID vending machine and to consider this as an obstacle on the part of the employee if they do not submit the given certificates. The solution should include securing funding for state testing.

According to employers, these measures could help reduce the spread of the new coronavirus in companies operating in Slovakia.

However, Prime Minister Eduard Heger (O─ŻANO) said during a brief press briefing yesterday (November 9) that the government wants to change the legislation so that companies can find out if their employees are vaccinated, tested or after overcoming COVID-19, but testing they have to provide themselves.

“And if none of them (vaccinated, tested or after overcoming the COVID-19 disease, ed. Note), then in that case it may decide to test these employees, in which case they are obliged to test this twice. within a week, “ said the prime minister.

The government will discuss the proposals at its next meeting.

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Suggestions from employers

Employers of associations in the Association of Industrial Associations and Transport (APZD) are aware of the seriousness of the current pandemic situation and have proposed several measures to improve it.

These relate to the relaxation of the vaccine scheme, the extension of the power of employers to check COVID passports and the testing of employees at their expense. All these measures should be implemented from the burgundy phase of the district, APZD said on Tuesday.

“Members of the Association of Industrial Associations and Transport took steps beyond their legal obligations throughout the pandemic period – they introduced stricter measures at their workplaces, and tested and vaccinated employees. All in order to protect the health of its employees, “ stated APZD.

Who should pay for the tests?

According to the association, the principle of “vaccine is freedom” must be strictly adhered to in order to improve the pandemic situation, which in practice would mean the full release of all activities for the vaccinated people. “We believe it can make a significant contribution to motivating people who have not done so to get vaccinated.” stated APZD.

According to the association, increasing the motivation to undergo vaccination in the rest of the population is also possible by testing employees at their expense.

If testing should be paid for by companies, this effect will not be achieved according to APZD. An overview of vaccinating or overcoming COVID-19 in their employees is also important for employers. Only if they have the opportunity, not the obligation, to check COVID passports will employers, according to the association, have the opportunity to effectively implement anti-pandemic measures if the current development of morbidity in their workplace so requires.

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