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What is the advice surrounding terminating staff off work with long Covid?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/12/2021 This individual has a number of employees off for approximately 18 months or longer with long COVID and would normally have terminated in other circumstances but is concerned about the lack of medical precedent surrounding long Covid. Is it a wait and see, because we don't know enough? Or is it jus...
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Dismissal Absence and Sickness Coronavirus/Covid-19
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In relation to long-term absences, what is an appropriate timeline for employers wishing to evoke the disciplinary process?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/12/2021 In relation to long-term absences, what is an appropriate timeline for employers wishing to evoke the disciplinary process? Seamus: Well, again, just whenever we were talking briefly before, we were talking about some cases that we were aware of as to how long the sickness absence had been. It real...
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Absence and Sickness Discipline and Grievance
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What is a trigger point? Why are they important, and for what type of event should you have them?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/12/2021 So in your discussion, Seamus, you mentioned trigger points in your policy. What do you mean by that? What is a trigger point, why are t=importanr and for what type of event should they be used? Seamus: I think there was some confusion around that, but the triggers that I was focussing on during my...
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Absence and Sickness Policies and Procedures
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Surveillance in the workplace, can we do it? Should we do it? And is it legal?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11/11/2021 So many of the topics that we do on "Employment Law at 11" that are fuelled by what big American tech firms are doing, gig economy companies are doing, and this really is no exception. It's kind of born out of the reports on Amazon using extensive surveillance technology to monitor their employees....
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act Policies and Procedures
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What can employers do to retain and recruit staff during The Great Resignation?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 11/11/2021 . Far from the mass redundancies that were being predicted when furlough ended, we've seen an extremely buoyant jobs market, to say the least. Firms are expanding and recruiting in an unexpected way. There are staff shortages across some very key industries. We've got hospitality, retail, and of co...
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Recruitment and Selection Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Why is a home workplace assessment for remote workers so important?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/11/2021 I've been working from home throughout the pandemic and I'd have to say it has definitely had an impact on me. I mean, my step count is seriously reduced. I have a lot of bad habits sitting at my desk, slouching. I did have a workplace assessment when I started at Legal-Island, but I must admit tha...
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Health and Safety A-Typical Working
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How can employers overcome the potential discrimination issues related to hybrid working?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/11/2021 think one of the big things for me is, are people who are present in the office under the noses of the bosses going to get preferential treatment? The concern is working mothers, in particular, are going to . . . As one myself, I know I find working from home particularly attractive. It is much ea...
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Do employers have to grant hybrid working requests in a post-pandemic world?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/11/2021 The emergence of hybrid working is allowing organisations to work in different ways. We're reaping the benefit of that. We can now meet again face to face and benefit from connections there, but then our productivity has gone up when we're working at home. So a mixture may be really the way forward...
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What proof can an employer ask for if a worker says they've been pinged?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/11/2021 he media coined the term "ping-demic". It describes basically an outbreak of people being absent from work because they have to isolate because of close contact. They've had close contact with someone with COVID. I mean, from my perspective, I've had a couple of pings in one week, basically, off th...
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Absence and Sickness Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Should workers who choose to remain working remotely have their pay cut?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/11/2021 We've got the Silicon Valley giants leading the charge here. Google, Twitter, Facebook, they're all tentatively saying they might cut the pay for people who decide to remain working at home. As I mentioned earlier, the newspaper "City A.M." reported last month, just in August, that two-thirds of m...
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A-Typical Working Pay Remote and Hybrid Working