‘No Jab, No Job’ For Future Workers

According to chief executive Bryce Howard, Auckland specialty grocery chain Farro Fresh will include a requirement for new frontline staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in future employment agreements in the wake of the Delta outbreak.

With a rollout of the contracts expected imminently, the grocery chain took external legal advice on its proposed move to write in a COVID-19 vaccination clause to its employment agreements for public-facing store staff.

Employers can require vaccination as a term of new employment agreements and any variations to existing contractual terms can be negotiated with employees, according to Employment New Zealand.

Businesses cannot require any individual to be vaccinated, but it can require that certain work must only be done by vaccinated workers where there is a high risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.