Like wearing a helmet on a building site, any company should be able to impose CovidCheck at work. That’s an idea that the government responded to positively last Friday. The employees concerned would have to prove via a QR code that they are vaccinated, have recently tested negative or have been cured of covid-19. The vote on the bill takes place on 18 October, with a possible application date of 1 November.
Do companies intend to use this opportunity to get “back to normal” in the workplace? Yes, for Luxair. “We have decided to organise meetings, canteen use and training courses under the CovidCheck regime,” explains CEO Gilles Feith. He is also considering applying this approach to the company’s buildings at a later stage.
For those among the 2,840 employees of the airline who do not wish to be vaccinated, covid-19 tests would be financially “at their expense”, he says.
A person refusing CovidCheck would “not have access [to the workplace], as provided for in the text of the bill,” he adds. Another option could be the use of partial unemployment, where possible. All this is on the condition, he says, that “the state council does not issue any formal opposition.”
CovidCheck or the mask
ArcelorMittal (3,660 employees) also says it is “in agreement with the principle of using CovidCheck in the company—as long as the General Data Protection Regulation can be respected—so that employees are allowed to remove their masks in certain circumstances.” Those refusing CovidCheck should simply “keep the mask on while in the company.”
Other companies are still waiting. The Post Group (4,620 employees), for example, “will only decide on a possible adaptation of their internal regulation on covid-19 after the publication or even the vote of the law in question.”
The CFL (4,580 employees) explains that it is analysing this internally. The issue is also “under discussion” for the 4,460 employees of Cactus.
Many points remain to be clarified concerning possible sanctions, the financing of tests for non-vaccinated employees or the verification of CovidCheck in practice, such as in cases where an employee must leaves the office several times a day.
This article was originally published in Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.