French labor minister says employees refusing vaccination could be laid off

Paris, Jul 27 (EFE).- Employers will be authorized to impose disciplinary sanctions that could amount to layoffs on workers who do not have Covid-19 vaccine certificates by August 30, France’s minister of labor Elisabeth Borne said Tuesday.

Among the employees required to provide certificates are those working in the hospitality industry and the long-distance transport services.

“The objective was first of all to convince the employees and to facilitate their vaccination. This is why we have provided for in the law an authorization of absence to allow the employees to be vaccinated,” said the minister in a statement to BFMTV.

Borne explained the worker’s contract of employment would be suspended if the employee has not been vaccinated, a measure that would be reversed once the Covid-19 certificate is offered.

“To avoid disciplinary sanctions, we introduced a procedure for suspending the employment contract if the employee cannot present a valid health pass.

“This suspension can be lifted as soon as the employee produces a health pass.”

Starting from July 21, it is mandatory in France for those wanting to go to cinemas, museums and other cultural venues to present a health pass showing a proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from the virus.

The rule will be extended to bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as trains, airplanes and numerous shopping centers once it gets approved in the parliament.EFE


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