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Employees returning from abroad - can employers ask for proof of return date to ensure self-isolation compliance?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Q: "If an employee travels abroad for Christmas, can you ask of proof of the date they returned so that you can ensure they have self-isolated for 14 days since return?" Seamus: Yes. That's an important question because there will be a lot of travel that will happen over Christmas. The basic positi...
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Can employers discourage employees from having informal get-togethers when the pubs & restaurants reopen?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Q: Can we actively discourage employees from having any informal get-togethers when the pubs, or the restaurants, if you like, reopen after the 11th? Scott: This one is for employees who would have met up at some stage at this time of year and get together. Is there anything that employers can do w...
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Can employers insist that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 03/12/2020 Q: Can employers insist . . . when it is widely available, obviously. We're only just starting next week. But when it's widely available, can they insist that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19? Seamus: Well, this is a good question. You can imagine that there are a number of employers out t...
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How to influence management board to consider their COVID-19 health and safety responsibilities

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Q: In relation to health and safety, our organisation has not committed to the employer responsibilities. How as an HR manager can I influence the management board to consider the same and the risk to all stakeholders?Scott: So what's your advice here? We've got an HR manager who's looking at thing...
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Health and Safety
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Taking Disciplinary Action Against An Employee Who Refuses to Attend Work On Public Transport

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Q: Would it be reasonable to discipline an employee who's refusing to attend her usual place of work to undertake her cleaning role as she is refusing to use public transport due to COVID risks? The employee did previously shield, but she also took annual leave last month to visit Turkey, which was...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Calculating Furlough Pay After a Salary Increase

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Q: We have previously calculated 80% of pay as at the 28th of February. Now it's extended and people who went on furlough can be on it, or who weren't on it. Is it 80% of the current salary? There was a salary increase or change between February and 23rd of September. Do we calculate it based on th...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Can a notice be issued during the extended furlough scheme? Can people be made redundant?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Seamus: Yeah, so in relation to the first . . . I'm going to caveat both replies by saying that there is further guidance to be issued by the government. And I think we've been told that that's going to arrive at us by the 10th of November. It could be a bit before. It could be a bit after. Who kno...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Coronavirus/Covid-19
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I have a member of staff on long-term sick leave, can I furlough them?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Seamus: Yes, the guidance provides the option for the employer to furlough someone that is in long-term sick leave. And there's a discretion for the employer to do that within the guidance.
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Sickness and Absence Coronavirus/Covid-19
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What's the updated position in relation to the furlough scheme - are new agreements required?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Seamus: Just as I thought we were going to have to not talk about furlough any longer after talking about it from March time. Yeah, we've now got the position where Saturday night the Prime Minister announced an extension to furlough and that initial extension was really following on from the lockd...
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Taking disciplinary action against an employee breaching COVID-19 restrictions outside work

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/11/2020 Q: Are we within our rights to take disciplinary action against an employee who is breaching the COVID restrictions whilst they are not at work? Scott: "We employ care assistants and have informed them that we expect them to act in an appropriate manner in line with the restrictions so as not to pu...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Coronavirus/Covid-19