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COVID-19 Restrictions in the UK lifted
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COVID-19 Restrictions in the UK lifted

01 March 2022

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on 21 February 2022, the lifting of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England. After two unprecedented years, such news will come as a relief to all. Such relief may be short-lived for employers, however, as many in industry argue that the stark lack of governmental regulation and guidance going forward […]

Employment law and the COVID-19 vaccine
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Employment law and the COVID-19 vaccine

07 February 2022

Ikea and Wessex Water are the latest large companies to announce a pay cut in sick pay for unvaccinated workers. Employers across all sectors have faced vast staff shortages as a result of the Omicron variant. This has placed great strain on productivity and profitability and employers are looking for solutions to mitigate the damage. In […]

Can Employees Refuse to Attend the Workplace Due to Their Fear of Catching COVID-19?
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Can Employees Refuse to Attend the Workplace Due to Their Fear of Catching COVID-19?

11 January 2022

The employment tribunal has ruled in a recent case that the fear of catching Covid is not a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 and therefore, is not afforded protection from discrimination.  Background Facts An employee alleged that she had been discriminated against, when her employer did not pay her after […]

FACTSHEET: COVID-19: Impact On Sickness Absence and pay
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FACTSHEET: COVID-19: Impact On Sickness Absence and pay

23 December 2021

The UK has recently seen the highest number of new daily cases of Covid 19. As a result, many employers have seen an increase in the number of sickness absences due to COVID19. This factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence due to covid19 and pay.  What is statutory sickness […]

Plan B activated in response to Omicron variant – what does this mean for Employers?
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Plan B activated in response to Omicron variant – what does this mean for Employers?

20 December 2021

On 30 November 2021, as a result of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, face coverings became mandatory once again in certain indoor settings and on public transport.  On 8 December 2021, the Prime Minister announced that the full Plan B response would be activated, with face coverings required in more public venues from 10 December 2021, […]

No Jab, No Job
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No Jab, No Job

12 August 2021

The government’s “work from home” has ended and therefore, employers may be considering introducing a no jab, no job policy. This article shall consider the legal implications of attempting to enforce such a policy. [lwptoc] What are employers and employees’ health and safety duties? All employers have a common law duty implied into their contracts […]

Returning to the Office After COVID-19
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Returning to the Office After COVID-19

29 April 2021

As the Covid-19 restrictions are being eased, there are several issues employers should consider to ensure they are complying with government guidelines and their duty of care. Returning to the Office As we are progressing through the government’s lockdown lifting plan, employers should be planning for a phased, gradual return to the workplace. While the […]

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