A new Resolution of the Chief Sanitary Inspector of the Russian Federation extends the implementation of anti-measles measures: foreign employees should be vaccinated by December 31, 2020.
According to Resolution
No. 19 dated November 7, 2019, it is necessary to provide vaccination for those
foreign employees who:
- have never had measles before;
- have not had measles vaccinations or information about them.
To comply with
this resolution, a company, for example, may arrange for vaccination in the
workplace by entering into a contract with a medical organization. If the
employer does not comply with the specified requirements, it may be held administratively
liable for a violation of the legislation in the field of the sanitary and
epidemiological welfare of the population, namely:
- for legal entities – a fine in the amount of 10,000 – 20,000 rubles or an administrative suspension of activities for a period of up to 90 days;
- for officers – a fine in the amount of 500 – 1,000 rubles;
- for individual entrepreneurs – a fine in the amount of 500 – 1,000 rubles or an administrative suspension of activities for a period of up to 90 days.
If a foreign
employee refuses to be vaccinated, the company is still obliged to take
measures to comply with the legal requirements, only in this case it will have
a chance to escape liability. In this situation, the following steps should be taken:
- Foreign employees should be officially required to be vaccinated (for example, an order should be issued for the provision of vaccination and written notice of this should be given to foreigners);
- A written refusal to undergo a vaccination should be received from the employees;
- If foreigners are involved in jobs that are associated with a high risk of infectious diseases, they should be suspended from work. The list of such jobs is approved by the Government’s Decree No. 825 dated July 15, 1999. At the same time, the company does not have the right to impose disciplinary liability on such employees. The suspension remains in force until the employee has been vaccinated without him or her retaining his or her salary.
In matters of the application of the legislation of
the Russian Federation regarding foreign employees, please contact Acsour’s