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With COVID-19 vaccinations finally here, organizations looking to protect their workforces and promote business continuity must navigate a fast-evolving framework of national protocols and regulatory regimes.

An increasing number of jurisdictions across the globe are publishing guidelines and legislation governing the legal and practical aspects of workplace vaccination programs. As such, we are advising employers on the permissibility of vaccine mandates in particular jurisdictions, the ability to require proof of vaccination (including data privacy considerations), how to treat employees who refuse vaccines, and much more.

To ensure your HR and legal counsel remain up-to-date on the latest employment law regulations globally, below is a selection of our latest vaccination updates.


  1. APAC
  2. EMEA
  3. LATAM
  4. NA


APAC: All About Vaccines (75-minute On-Demand Webinar on Australia, Hong Kong, PRC, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam)

Philippines: The Department of Labor and Employment Issues Guidelines on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace


Europe, the Middle East and Africa: Mandatory Vaccinations in the workplace – What Employers in the UK, Europe and Gulf Region Should Consider Now

France: Vaccination against COVID-19 in the Workplace now possible

Italy: COVID-19 Emergency Update: A New Protocol on Safety Measures at the Workplace and a New Protocol for the Implementation of Vaccination Campaign at the Workplaces have been Signed 

United Kingdom: COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace – Key Considerations for UK Employers


Brazil: COVID-19 Vaccination of Employees

Colombia: Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 (Spanish)

LATAM: Vaccinating the Workforce


Canada: Workers Might Need to Give Up Some Rights to Privacy on Being Vaccinated

Mexico: Changes in the Workplace Now That We Have COVID-19 Vaccines

United States: Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace 2.0: Spring 2021 Update

United States: Vaccine Passports: The Ticket to Our New Normal?

Mexico: Mexico’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program – The Federal Government Establishes the Conditions for the Participation of Local Governments and Private Sector

United States: California Requires Employers to Compensate Employees for Time Spent Obtaining a COVID-19 Test or Vaccination

United States: Efforts to Craft National Vaccination Policies Complicated by Patchwork Legislation

United States: New York Enacts COVID-19 Vaccine Paid Leave Law

United States: The CDC Issues Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

For more information on how we can help futureproof your organization and create safe and agile workforce models, visit Baker McKenzie’s Building a New Workforce Reality siteand contact your Baker McKenzie relationship partner.


Michael Brewer is the Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's California offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles and Chair of the Firm’s Global Employment & Compensation Practice. A trial lawyer who represents global and domestic clients, Michael has tried class action and single plaintiff employment cases before judges, juries and arbitrators. Super Lawyers has repeatedly recognized Michael for his superior defense of employment claims.


Michael has more than 15 years' experience as an employment law and industrial relations lawyer, acting for clients in a range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, media and entertainment, information technology and professional services. He has developed and published compliance programs and best practice policies locally and within Asia Pacific. He is the author and a developer of CCH’s Employment Contracts Manager, a software package that builds and tailors smart employment contracts. He has also authored a large number of chapters in every edition of CCH’s Australian Master Human Resources Guide. Articles written by Michael on employment law topics have appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, CFO Magazine, Human Capital, Lawyers Weekly, Human Resources, and CCH’s Employment Law Bulletin. He has also spoken at events arranged by the College of Law, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and various professional associations. He wrote and produced “Dismissal Impossible,” a training video on unfair dismissal and sexual harassment, for the Australian Stock Exchange. Michael regularly conducts employment-related litigation before State and Federal courts and industrial tribunals at an original and appellate level.


Dr. Bernhard Trappehl chairs the EMEA Employment Practice Group and manages relationships with several of the Firm’s largest clients. He served as managing partner of the Firm’s German/Austrian offices between 2007 and 2012. He frequently speaks at seminars and provides in-house trainings on a wide range of employment matters, and regularly contributes to publications, books, newspapers and law journals.


Tatiana Garces Carvajal is a lawyer and a specialist in Labor Law, graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with post-graduate studies in Commercial Law from Universidad de los Andes. She has over 30 years of experience advising major clients on matters related to individual and collective Labor Law. For three years, she worked at Alcalis de Colombia, occupying the positions of Director in charge of the HR Department, head of the Legal Division of the Betania Plant, and as a Lawyer in the Legal Department. Previously, she worked as Head of the Personnel Department at AGA Ltda., and as a paralegal at the law firm Esguerra, Gamba, Barrera y Arriaga Asociados. In addition to her experience as professor, lecturer, author of several publications and arbitrator in labor collective disputes, she served as technical adviser to the employers’ delegate for Colombia at the 98th Session of the International Labor Organization in Geneva (2015). She also participated at the 93rd Conference (2009). Currently, Tatiana is a member of the Javeriana University Law School Council representing graduates from Universidad Javeriana. She joined Baker McKenzie Bogotá office in 1992 as an Associate in the Labor Law department and was appointed partner on July 1st, 2000. In 2017 she was appointed as Managing Partner for Baker McKenzie Bogotá office, which made her the first woman in Colombia to hold this position in a law firm. In addition to this position, she led the Employment and Compensation group in Latin America, until June of 2021. In the exercise of these functions, Tatiana was part of the Steering Committee of the Global Employment and Compensation Group, as well as of the Global Policy Committee of Baker McKenzie. Currently, she is part of the Employment and Compensation Steering Committee for Latin America, leads the Bogotá Employment & Compensation practice and as a member at large is part of the Global Employment & Compensation Steering Committee of Baker McKenzie.


Susan Eandi is the Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Employment and Compensation Practice Group, head of the Global Employment and Labor Law Practice for North America, and a member of the North America Regional Management Council. She also serves on the Firm's Antiracism Legal Impact Board. Susan speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Tech GC, Silicon Valley AGC and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Susan publishes extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan is a recognized leader in employment law by International Employment Lawyer, The Daily Journal, Legal 500 PLC and is a Chambers-ranked attorney.


George practices trial and appellate litigation. He has been lead counsel before various administrative tribunals and the courts throughout the country, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He represents defendants in high-profile and reputation threatening cases, such as large-stakes labour litigation, fraud and trade secrets litigation, partnership disputes, multimillion dollar employment class-actions, large-issue employment litigation, and prominent administrative and public law issues, including those involving the Charter. George also advises Boards on business critical issues, including financial, regulatory, and executive level sensitive matters.

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