Payment for COVID-19 Testing
Employees can either opt for (1) free testing services provided by the Government at the designated community testing centers; (2) free deep throat saliva specimen collection packs available for collection at various designated post offices, MTR stations and outpatient clinics of the Hospital Authority; or (3) COVID-19 testing offered by private entities recognized by the Department of Health.
Regular COVID-19 testing of the staff is required for the specified business to remain open. An employer may encourage or schedule its staff to undergo the testing free-of-charge at the facilities operated or funded by the Government. However, If it becomes impracticable for an employee to receive free testing (e.g., the public facilities are fully booked), employers should pay for the testing carried out by the employees. The testing fees, if paid by employees, are incurred for carrying out the employees’ duties of which the employees are under the implied duty to indemnify.
Employees should strictly observe the latest COVID-19 directions set out by the Government and undergo testing at least every 14 days. Employers should perform their obligations by ensuring their staff comply with the testing requirements, protect their personal data and pay for the tests where applicable.