What happens now furlough has ended?
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme), which has been heavily praised during the pandemic, and even hailed as the Government’s biggest success, came to an end yesterday. Introducing the concept of ‘furlough’ to the UK, the Chancellor announced the start of the Scheme on 20 March 2020. Designed to be a limited measure to protect […]Read more
Mother wins over £180k in indirect discrimination claim
You may have seen in the news recently the case of a mother who was refused a 5pm finish by her employer to deal with childcare arrangements, has been successful in the Employment Tribunal (ET) for indirect discrimination and has been awarded £184,961.32. Alice Thompson worked for a small estate agent in London. In Spring […]Read more
Are employers obliged to give time off for the Coronavirus vaccine?
Although many employers support their staff having the Coronavirus vaccine, a question that does arise is whether employers are legally obliged to allow time off work for staff to get the jab. There is no legal obligation on employers to allow time off for medical appointments, which would include an appointment to get vaccinated. Many […]Read more
Flexible working requests post-lockdown
Following lockdown and the countrywide move to home working caused by the pandemic, many employers are embracing new, more flexible ways of working. Hybrid models of work, split between the office and home, are fast becoming the norm. However, others have taken the view that, whilst their employees were able to work from home through […]Read more
Furlough, redundancy and unfair dismissal: A recent case
As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) winds down we are starting to see cases in which furlough is a key issue make their way through the tribunal system. Recently, the Employment Tribunal (ET) heard the case of Mhindurwa v Lovingangels Care, in which the Respondent genuinely believed that the Claimant’s role was redundant on […]Read more
Refusal to attend work due to COVID-19
Following ‘Freedom Day’, the Government’s “stay at home” instruction has ended. However, notwithstanding this, a greater number of employers are coming across employees who refuse to return to work because of the risk that COVID-19 continues to present. A recent case in the Leeds Employment Tribunal (ET) gives employers some guidance on how to approach […]Read more
Extreme heat warning from the Met Office
Yesterday, the Met Office issued an extreme heat warning for parts of the UK following the hottest day of the year over the weekend. With high temperatures expected to continue for the rest of the week, and employees slowly returning to the workplace following Freedom Day, it is incumbent on employers to ensure the comfort […]Read more
What will life after ‘Freedom Day’ look like for employers?
Subject to a final review, from ‘Freedom Day’ on 19 July 2021 , the following changes will take place in England: there will be no requirement to socially distance; face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places; all businesses that have been shut will be allowed to open; there will be no limit […]Read more
COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for the care sector
The House of Commons has voted in favour of a compulsory COVID-19 vaccine policy for care home staff or they face being dismissed. The vote (which was approved by 319 votes to 246) faced considerable backlash from many Tory MPs. However, it now means that by October, anyone who is working in a care home […]Read more
Social media and bringing the employer into disrepute
Following England’s defeat in the European Championship final on Sunday, the news cycle has been dominated by the racist abuse players have received on social media. The most prominent case to hit the headlines is that of a Savills estate agent manager who tweeted racist abuse about players in the team. Although the employee in […]Read more
Can the Furlough Scheme be used for employees who need to self-isolate?
The answer is ‘yes’ according to leaked emails obtained by BBC News from senior civil servants. These e-mails seem to indicate that furlough has always been available to employers with employees who needed to self-isolate. The guidance published by the government specifically states that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) is not intended for short-term […]Read more
Can an employer ask an employee about their vaccination status?
There has been a great deal of talk in the press recently about the legality of ‘no jab, no job’ recruitment. However, less attention has been paid to another issue, about which, employers could be forgiven for being confused. Namely, what can and cannot employers ask employees about their vaccination status? Pre-employment It’s not absolutely […]Read more