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As the world-wide roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations becomes more widespread, organizations looking to protect their workforces and promote business continuity must continue to 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, along with workforce screening and other workplace health and safety measures. 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, workplace health and safety requirements, 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:

To read Part 1 of our HR Trend Watch on vaccinations, click here.


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


Global: Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination? Before You Act, Consider These Key Issues for US and Multinational Employers


Philippines: Promotion of COVID-19 Vaccination in the Private Sector and Classification of COVID-19 as an Occupational and Work-Related Disease

Singapore: Can Employers Require Employees to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19? 

Thailand: The Legal Tidbits – Workplace Vaccinations: Key Considerations for Employers (Video)


Netherlands: Amsterdam – Employees Back in the Office – What Should Employers Think About?

Saudi Arabia: Mandatory Vaccination to Attend the Workplace

South Africa: Guidance Issued on Mandatory Vaccination Policies for the Workplace

United Kingdom: Returning to the Office – 10 Top Tips for UK Employers


LATAM: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Workplace in Latin America

Brazil: Employer Mandated Vaccination – Possible, But Not Without Risks*

Peru: Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Law


Canada: Mandatory Vaccinations in the Canadian Workplace (Video)

Mexico: New Federal Guidelines for States to Follow When Issuing Regulations Regarding the Third COVID-19 Wave in Mexico (Video)

United States: So You Say You’re Vaccinated? Prove it! (Except as Prohibited by Employment or Privacy Laws) (Video)

United States: Momentum to Mandate – What Employers Need to Know Now (Video)

United States: Best Practices for Tracking Proof of Employee Vaccinations (Video)

United States: Vaccine Mandates – What TMT Companies Need to Know (Podcast)

United States: OSHA Joins the Chorus – Updated Agency Guidance Encourages Employers to Mandate the Jab

United States: EEOC Updates Its COVID-19 Technical Assistance: Employers Administering Vaccines Can Offer Non-Coercive Incentives to Employees

For more information on how we can help future-proof your organization and rethink workforce arrangements, visit Baker McKenzie’s Future of Work site.


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.


Leticia Ribeiro has been recognized by the Latin Lawyer, Legal 500 and Client Choice Awards as a leading employment lawyer. Leticia joined the firm in 1998 and became partner in 2013. Frequently praised for her practical and business oriented advice, technical knowledge and creativity, over 20 years experience in advising clients on employment matters. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.


Susan Eandi is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law practice group for North America, and chair of the California Labor & Employment practice group. She speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Bloomberg, and M&A Counsel. Susan has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan has been recognized as a leader in employment law by The Daily Journal, Legal 500 PLC and is a Chambers ranked attorney.


George Avraam practices trial and appellate litigation. He is a certified specialist in civil litigation, is ranked in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers, Legal 500, Lexpert, and Best Lawyers in Canada. George is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

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