# Going back to work in 2022 does not necessarily mean a return to the workplace as the pandemic has normalised remote work. However, as Covid-19 restrictions ease up many employers are keen for staff to get back to the office. Businesses are considering new workplace models and reviewing vaccination policies. Associate in Employment Law at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Asma Cachalia, says employers must note that changing the required place of work for staff members might require their consent:
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She says employees can be forced to return to the office, but businesses must adhere to all regulations on work and workspaces:
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Cachalia says it also depends on what’s stated in the employment contract:
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She says employers can implement a mandatory vaccination policy this year as long as certain conditions are met.
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To establish a work culture when staff work from home, businesses may introduce practical measures. This includes a dress code for online meetings, customised backgrounds for meetings, and requiring employees to attend meetings in a quiet area of their home.