One in four businesses plan to make the Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for employees, according to new research from HR Locker.
A new survey of 750 business leaders across the UK and Ireland has suggested thousands of employees may be required to get the Covid-19 vaccination if they wish to return to the workplace.
The software group found that 40% of the respondents said they would be willing to dismiss an employee who refused to be vaccinated “without a reasonable excuse”.
The Clare firm, which provides cloud-based HR software to businesses, found that almost a quarter (23%) of employers plan to mandate vaccination for their staff. Almost half (49%) of executives affirmed that all things being equal, they would hire a candidate who has been vaccinated over one who has not.
The survey results suggested that employers have found themselves “between a rock and a hard place” where they are likely to suffer some negative fallout, whether they choose to mandate Covid-19 vaccination or not, with the greatest perceived risk of either option being legal claims.