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Covid-19 Related Dismissals & Employment Tribunals

Covid-19 Related Dismissals & Employment Tribunals

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up many workplace conflict scenarios where the parameters of what it is permissible for an employer to do are blurred, due in no small part to there being no relevant case law providing guidance. However, Employment Tribunal cases arising from Covid-19 related dismissals last year are now coming through to […]

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Workplace Covid Testing & Data Protection Considerations

Workplace Covid Testing & Data Protection Considerations

Organisations should avoid simply diving into workplace Covid testing or collection of home testing results without some real thought into the implications of it. This article will allow you to consider whether it’s really necessary and ensure you think about your data protection obligations. Any testing of COVID-19 or collection of any test results from […]

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Shielding Guidance Changes & Managing Staff Absence

Shielding Guidance Changes & Managing Staff Absence

Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer for Wales have issued shielding guidance that extremely clinically vulnerable employees will no longer be advised to shield from 1st April. It states that from this time, if an employee is unable to work from home, they should go to work. For those in Scotland, the advice […]

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Refusal to Wear a Mask & Employment Tribunal Case

Refusal to Wear a Mask & Employment Tribunal Case

Over the past year, face masks have become part of normal daily life and it was only a matter of time before they became the focus of a workplace dispute. In the first such dispute of this kind to reach an employment tribunal, Kubilius v Kent Foods Ltd, found that a lorry driver was dismissed […]

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Covid Secure Spot Checks | Essential Safety Guidance for Businesses

Covid Secure Spot Checks | Essential Safety Guidance for Businesses

To minimise the risk of infection in the workplace, the HSE are carrying out Covid Secure spot checks and inspections on businesses to ensure they are compliant. They are doing this by calling, visiting and inspecting all types of businesses, in all areas, to check the measures they’ve put in place are in line with […]

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Employee Wellbeing and Remote Working

Employee Wellbeing and Remote Working

With current Government advice to “work from home if you can”, now more than ever it’s essential that employers consider the ongoing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on their workers. Businesses should consider how to support homeworking staff and implement plans to promote employee wellbeing for those continuing to working from home. Employee Wellbeing & […]

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How to Reopen Your Business Safely Following a Closure

How to Reopen Your Business Safely Following a Closure

Before you reopen your business you must ensure your employees, visitors and customers are safe. We review the key steps you need to consider following a closure due to a period of lockdown. Reopen Your Business | Key Steps 1. You will need to review existing risk assessments, carry out new risk assessments and put […]

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Furlough Scheme Extension | Employers FAQs

Furlough Scheme Extension | Employers FAQs

In what was quite an unexpected development on 31st October 2020, the Prime Minister announced a four week national lockdown between 5 November and 2 December, and consequent Furlough Scheme extension (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme CJRS). It has now been confirmed as of 5 November 2020 that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will run until […]

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