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UK Covid-19 Restrictions Update

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 10/03/2022 Seamus, first question to you really, I suppose, is what's going on in England at the minute? What have the announcements been in a nutshell, I suppose? Update on UK Covid Restrictions Seamus: Well, you can go on to the government website, and it does helpfully give you an overview of the positio...
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Absence and Sickness Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Philosophical beliefs and the COVID vaccine- who is protected?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 14/02/2022 I love talking about case law, and within case law, philosophical beliefs I always think can create a great debate. And we do have a couple of cases about whether or not COVID is a philosophical belief and therefore protected. Now, the cases that are coming through are English cases, so that's unde...
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Dismissal Health and Safety
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Cutting sick pay for unvaccinated workers - is it legal?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 14/02/2022 So first things first, the cut in sick pay for unvaccinated staff. It seemed for a couple of weeks there every day there was another big name announcing that they weren't going to be paying their full company sick pay if you're unvaccinated and forced to isolate as a close contact. We've got Morris...
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Absence and Sickness Discrimination and Equality Pay
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What standard of behaviour can be inferred in a contract of employment?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 13/01/2022 So, Seamus, just on that we've been talking about members of the public not being kind to employees. We move on to our next topic, which is more about employees not being kind to members of the public. We kind of flipped it a bit. We're going to show you a short video of this particular incident. I...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures
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How can employers protect staff from abuse?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 13/01/2022 And let's have a look at our next topic. Now this, Seamus, is something that you flagged as you're getting a lot of queries about so I think it's an interesting one to talk about. So the COVID rules and abuse of staff, how to ensure a safe working environment while still complying with the everchan...
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Health and Safety Policies and Procedures Coronavirus/Covid-19
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What are the new statutory sick pay rules?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 13/01/2022 So we've got the new statutory sick pay rules. And our question is, did skiving just get harder to police? We were being very cynical this morning. And so, Seamus, what are these new rules? It seems to be there's a new rule every other week, but what are they at present, the sick pay rules? What ca...
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Absence and Sickness Pay Coronavirus/Covid-19 Leave
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How can employers manage someone back into the business when they've been off with stress and do not want to engage with HR?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 06/12/2021 So there's a very fine line between showing concern for somebody, trying to get them back in. And stress is obviously . . . you can actually just trigger somebody's illness or disability by engaging with them. So how would you deal with that? Seamus: Well, I think your policy and procedures should ...
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Absence and Sickness Health and Safety Employee Engagement
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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