If an employee refuses or does not wish to comply with his employer's instructions for a rapid test, he should choose between using paid annual leave or unpaid leave. This was answered in writing by the Department of Labor Relations of the Ministry of Labor at the CCCI, after a relevant question from the Chamber.
The CCCI, in turn, late yesterday afternoon promoted to its members the official position of the ministry, on the occasion of questions that it received from companies. However, as the general secretary of the CCCI, Marios Tsiakkis, told “F”, the cases in which employees refuse to undergo tests are not many and it does not seem to cause any problem in the smooth operation of companies. It is recalled that according to the relevant ministerial decrees, all employees who returned to work last week had to present a negative coronavirus test. In addition, companies are required to ensure on a weekly basis, depending on the number of their employees, that a percentage of their employees maintain a negative rapid test.
In yesterday's circular, the Chamber notes that in the written question of the CCCI to the Department of Labor Relations regarding the employer's choices in case the staff refuses to comply with the government decree for its obligation to undergo a rapid test, the most The above competent department of the Ministry of Labor has clarified in writing the following: of their employees with their obligation to undergo a rapid antigen detection test for Coronavirus COVID-19 before their reactivation at their workplaces. In the event that an employee refuses to comply with the employer's instructions, he or she must choose between using paid annual leave or unpaid leave.
For the same issue, OEB does not exclude in cases where employees repeatedly refuse to submit to tests to occur disciplinary violations, due to obligations arising from the legislation on safety and health at work.