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New guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

This week, the Government issued new guidance for those who have been shielding because they are categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV). The advice to those who were told to shield was relaxed last summer. However, as a result of the number of cases rising dramatically in January 2021, the guidance for the CEV was […]

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Testing and vaccinating employees – ACAS Guidance

ACAS has recently published new guidance for employers concerning COVID-19. This contains advice as to the ways in which employers can both support their workforce to get tested regularly for COVID-19 and encourage them to take up the offer of a vaccination from the NHS. The guidance can be found at: Testing staff for coronavirus. […]

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Budget 2021 – Emerging from Lockdown 3

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak today set out the Government’s spring Budget 2021 as the country looks to emerge from its third national lockdown and recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Budget focusses heavily on restarting the economy and provides a significant boost for businesses and workers struggling as a result […]

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The ‘statutory defence’ against discrimination claims

When defending a discrimination claim in the employment tribunal (ET), it is common for employers to rely on what is known as the ‘statutory defence’. Section 109(4) of the Equality Act 2010 (EQA) provides a defence for employers facing a claim for unlawful discrimination in the ET. This only applies where the employer is able […]

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Is long COVID a disability?

For some people, COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is called post-COVID-19 syndrome or, more commonly, ‘long COVID’. Little is known about long COVID at the moment, but with increasing numbers of people suffering from this condition, we are becoming more aware of how it manifests. […]

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‘No jab, no job’ employment contracts

A number of employers in England are considering introducing ‘no jab, no job’ contracts of employment for new employees in light of the number of people nationwide who are, reportedly, indicating that they will not take the coronavirus vaccine. Boris Johnson has already said that, because of lack of evidence on how effective the vaccines […]

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Workplace testing for businesses with more than 50 employees

In an effort to ramp up workplace testing for Covid-19, the Government has recently announced that businesses, which are open during lockdown and employ more than 50 employees, are entitled to order rapid lateral flow tests. These tests produce results within 30 minutes. Previously, only businesses with more than 250 employees qualified for this type […]

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Health and Safety obligations when your employees work from home

Following the first national lockdown that was implemented by the UK Government on 23 March 2020, employees across the nation set up workspaces in spare rooms, kitchens and on dining room tables as they began (many for the very first time) working from home. As we approach the anniversary of that first lockdown and still […]

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to 30 April 2021

On Monday 25 January 2021, the Treasury exercised its powers under sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 to issue a new Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme). In effect, the purpose of the new Direction is to confirm that that the Scheme is extended until 30 April […]

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Can employers require employees to take the Covid-19 vaccination?

According to a BBC report, Pimlico Plumbers (Pimlico), a large plumbing firm in London, plans to rewrite all of its worker’ contracts to require them to be vaccinated against coronavirus. The firm has since clarified that it will not be forcing existing members of staff to be vaccinated. However, once vaccinations are readily available, it […]

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