November 5, 2021
Employers in Latvia have been granted the right to suspend or dismiss staff that refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as the Baltic nation battles a wave of infection and an inoculation rate that lags below the EU average.
As a result of a 52-27 parliamentary vote on Thursday, businesses will be able to lay off workers without vaccination certifications. This, according to the Latvian Ministry of Justice, is enough grounds to believe the employee does not meet the job’s requirements. Staff who fail to heed to demands to get jabbed, or to be transferred to remote work, can now be suspended without pay.