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After a prolonged period of remote working, employers in many jurisdictions are encouraging employees to return to the office where it is safe to do so. A key question employers globally now have is whether they can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

In Asia Pacific, differing government strategies to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and different vaccination drives and timelines mean that the position differs from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This makes it particularly challenging for multi-national employers who often want to adopt a global position on such issues.

In this publication, we aim to provide global employers with a snapshot of recent developments on mandatory employer COVID-19 vaccinations across 11 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region.

Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace Report on laptop screen



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.

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