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Vaccine mandate announced for hospitality workers

The New Zealand government has announced that all hospitality workers must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

In a press conference, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood said a new law will simplify the risk assessment process for employers to follow when deciding whether they can require vaccination.

Non-vaccinated workers in roles requiring vaccination will be given a four-week notice period to get vaccinated before their employment can be terminated.

Hospitality NZ says the vaccine mandate on hospitality staff has alleviated some concerns.

“This law will create stressful weeks for hospitality staff and employers, but it will ease some of the bigger legal risks.”

When the vaccination mandate comes into force would depend on when the country moved to the COVID-19 Protection Framework or “traffic light system”.

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