French Employers Can Ask Job Seekers For Health Pass

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

French Employers Can Ask Job Seekers For Health Pass

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From August 30, French employees in certain sectors will have to provide a health pass to be able to continue working in their current position. This includes nurses and some health care workers, as well as places receiving more than 50 people—cinemas, theatres, restaurants, and at SNCF (train controllers and security agents in contact with the public on long-distance journeys on TGV and Intercités lines).

The ministry of labor has stated that “people who are subject to compulsory vaccination or the health pass must present the required supporting documents when they take up their duties.”

Benoît Serre, deputy vice-president of the National Association of Human Resources Directors and HR director of L'Oréal France, told BFM Business today that potential employees will have to provide a health pass, like they do a social security number or identity card. Failing to do so means that a work contract cannot be signed by the future employer. “In the same way, if the candidate refuses to carry out a medical examination upon hiring, the contract is void,” Serre explained.

An employer knows if a health pass is valid by scanning the QR code via the TousAntiCovid Verif application but does not know how the document was obtained, or if the employee is vaccinated, has a negative test of 72 hours or has a certificate of recovery.

In the event of an inspection, it falls on the employee to ensure that the health pass is valid. Employees choosing not to be vaccinated will have to provide a negative PCR test every three days (the state will no longer pay for tests from mid-October). A contract could be suspended and an employee replaced should these conditions not be met.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.