Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Smart means planning to succeed: a tailored HR plan, managing your risks and making the right decisions first time. Working smarter saves you time, money and rework.

Grow Stronger

Grow Stronger

Strength is your growth foundation: right people in the right roles and a culture of high performance and low maintenance. Growing stronger equals success... and more time for you to enjoy it.

Move Faster

Move Faster

Faster is better with smart speed: an engaged, confident and capable workforce achieving more in less time. Moving faster means first to new customers and new opportunities.

Work Smarter

Work Smarter

Smart means planning to succeed: a tailored HR plan, managing your risks and making the right decisions first time. Working smarter saves you time, money and rework.

Grow Stronger

Grow Stronger

Strength is your growth foundation: right people in the right roles and a culture of high performance and low maintenance. Growing stronger equals success... and more time for you to enjoy it.

Move Faster

Move Faster

Faster is better with smart speed: an engaged, confident and capable workforce achieving more in less time. Moving faster means first to new customers and new opportunities.

Directing employees to be vaccinated

Hi Bare Bones Consulting, what are our rights when it comes to directing employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus?

Great question citizen; I’m here typing the answer in lockdown right now. Visualise an old fat guy in PJ’s and you’ll understand why this is a scenario no-one deserves to see.

At this point in time there is no “across the board” right for an employer to direct an employee to be vaccinated.

There are however limited circumstances where an employer may require their employees to be vaccinated. These circumstances are highly dependent on the individual workplace and each employee’s circumstances. Relevant factors an employer should consider include:

  • whether a specific law (such as a state or territory public health law) requires an employee to be vaccinated
  • whether an enterprise agreement, other registered agreement or employment contract includes a provision about requiring vaccinations
  • if no law, agreement or employment contract applies that requires vaccination, whether it would be lawful and reasonable for an employer to give their employees a direction to be vaccinated (which is assessed on a case-by-case basis).

The Queensland Government has issued public health directions mandating coronavirus vaccination for some workers. The directions affect:

  • health service employees
  • Queensland Ambulance Service employees
  • hospital and health service contractors
  • Queensland Health employees in residential aged care facilities operated by Queensland Health (first dose by 16 September 2021).

If an employee refuses to be vaccinated (contrary to a specific law, agreement or contract that requires vaccination…or after receiving a clear and repeated lawful and reasonable direction), an employer should, as a first step, ask the employee to explain their reasons for refusing the vaccination.

If the employee has provided a legitimate reason for not being vaccinated – for example, the employee has an existing medical condition – the employee and their employer should consider whether there are any other options available instead of vaccination. This could include alternative work arrangements.

If you’re faced with a challenging situation directing employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus, why not give Bare Bones Consulting a call? We specialise in all things HR and can ensure each party receives the correct information about their rights and obligations so everyone can make informed decisions about what happens next. And that’s always a smart place to start.

Questions on how Bare Bones Consulting can help your business thrive in these tough times? Check out our FAQ page here.

  • PO Box 3956,
    Burleigh Town 4220,
    Queensland
  • 07 5576 4693
  • 0401 279 065
  • Bare Bones Consulting

Contact Us

Give Bare Bones Consulting a call to discuss our range of HR services to help your business succeed.

Even if you elect to not proceed after our first complimentary consultation you’ll be in a better position to know what’s possible.

We believe our approach to HR is unique... but then again, so is your business.