Returning to work with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines – how to do it legally in Hungary?

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More and more employers, employees and HR managers are asking themselves how to redefine the concept of the workplace in a viable and safe way in the current phase of the pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in the time of the vaccination campaigns.

The exact scenario for returning to work (in the physical sense) will be decided by the responsible corporate decision-makers based on the local HR strategy in each workplace, but it is important to bear in mind that the possible solutions are also greatly limited by various legal prohibitions and obligations. In cooperation with the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BKIK), we have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked specific employment and data protection law questions by our clients in this context:

  • Can the employers record employee personal data on their protection against coronavirus? Can employers make copies of the protection certificates?
  • Can the employers require employees to be vaccinated? Can the employers refuse employees entering the workplace because they are not protected against coronavirus?
  • Can the employers require employees to return to the workplace from the home office during the coronavirus pandemic?
  • How can and should workplaces be reopened in a responsible manner, in compliance with the applicable law? If an employee has already been vaccinated, can he or she be obliged to work with unvaccinated colleagues or in the same area with them?


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