Can You Dismiss An Employee For Refusing to Work Due to Covid-19?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 July 2022
The EAT held in Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Limited that an employee who refused to return to his workplace during the first lockdown in 2020 was not automatically dismissed. This was one of the first appellate considerations of a covid-19 related dismissal.
The claimant in this case had a child with a medical condition putting them at a higher risk from Covid-19. The claimant argued his dismissal was unfair because his failure to return to work was in circumstances of ‘serious and imminent danger’. The employer in this case had implemented considerable steps to mitigate the dangers of Covid-19. The EAT considered the size of the warehouse, number of employees on site, claimant’s
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