SOUTH AFRICA - Can South African Employers Require their Employees to Undergo Mandatory Vaccination and Testing for COVID-19?

South Africa is now deeply within its second wave of COVID-19 infections which appears to be significantly more widespread than that which prevailed during early to mid-2020. Since then, and in response to the pandemic, global efforts have successfully developed both expedited means of testing for the virus and, more recently, vaccines.

SOUTH KOREA & EUROPEAN UNION - Panel of Experts Issues Report on Labor Issues Raised under EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement

On January 20, 2021, a Panel of Experts issued its Report on labor matters arising under Article 13.4.3 of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which was formally ratified in December 2015. In Article 13.4.3 of the Agreement, the parties committed to respect, promote, and realize – in both law and practice – the four fundamental labor rights underlying the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up, including freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.