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The latest work-related advice regarding coronavirus/COVID-19. Obviously, advice changes quickly and we advise all readers to read the latest articles or listen back to the latest webinars for the most up to date information. Please take appropriate legal and other advice before taking action.

The latest work-related advice regarding coronavirus/COVID-19. Obviously, advice changes quickly and we advise all readers to read the latest articles or listen back to the latest webinars for the most up to date information. Please take appropriate legal and other advice before taking action.

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Case Law

Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd [2021]

Posted in: Case Law on 19/04/2021 The claimant started working for the respondent on 14th June 2019 as a laser operator. He did not have a written contract of employment although references were made to the employee handbook which was available online. However, the Tribunal found that the claimant had not been ‘added’ for the pu...
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Unfair Dismissal Coronavirus/Covid-19
Features

An employee is refusing to return to the workplace due to COVID-19 concerns - what do we need to consider?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 13/04/2021 There are a number of issues you will want to consider when deciding how to deal with this situation, including: what level of national or local restriction applies; the nature of the workplace, and whether any restrictions on opening apply; the nature of the employee’s work, including whether the...
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Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Employee caught breaking lockdown rules on social media, can employer require a COVID test from them before returning to work?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 09/04/2021 Could it be reasonable, Seamus, for an employer to require an employee to get a COVID test before returning to work where they have been told that the employee was breaking lockdown restrictions over the weekend and it's been reported on social media or seen on social media that that employee's bee...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
Case Law

Pye v Douglas Borough Council [2021]

Posted in: Case Law on 29/03/2021 The claimant was a gully operative for the respondent. The claimant had booked a holiday in Cyprus (which he had regularly done considering his elderly mother spent her winter in Cyprus). He left on 13th March 2020 and had booked a return-flight for 24th March and would be returning to work on ...
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Sickness and Absence Coronavirus/Covid-19
Features

Avoiding the “Catch up Narrative” in Schools

Posted in: Cassidy's Comments on 19/03/2021 The Department of Education has issued guidance to schools to help deal with the issues of potential lost learning across the pupil population in Northern Ireland during the pandemic. It accepts the reality that the long-term effect of the current unprecedented disruption on learning is difficult ...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
Features

Making reasonable adjustments for mask exempt employees - refusal to work in individual workspace

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 05/03/2021 Our policy is that all employees must wear masks while at work. One employee cannot wear a mask and we've created an individual workspace for them as a way to keep them and others safe. However, they refuse to work in this space citing loneliness, and have gone off work on stress. How can we handle...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
Features

Are you able to make people redundant whilst they're on the extension to the furlough scheme?

Posted in: Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 05/03/2021 Can you explain what the extension of furlough scheme means and are we able if it's necessary to make people redundant whilst they're on the extension to the furlough scheme? Seamus: Well, look, the good news that we received this week from the budget, there was a bit of a leak of the extension of ...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Coronavirus/Covid-19
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HR Trends Emerging During Covid-19

Posted in: HR Updates on 03/03/2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has forever left its mark on how we live and work. As the vaccination roll-out is well underway we begin to cautiously look forward to post-Covid times. It is unlikely however that things will ever return to normalcy and there are some trends that have emerged as an inevitable...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
Features

What Are The Potential Discrimination Risks Associated With Requiring Employees To Have The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/03/2021 Mandatory vaccination is a topic that has gathered significant attention over the past weeks and months. However, employers should be aware that there is a risk of exposing themselves to discrimination claims if they seek to compel employees to have the vaccine. Employers should familiarise themsel...
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Discrimination and Equality Coronavirus/Covid-19
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Can An Employer Commence Disciplinary Proceedings Against Employees Who Refuse To Have A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 02/03/2021 Employer could try and argue that requesting employees to have the COVID-19 vaccine amounts to a reasonable management instruction on the basis that it is intended to protect health and safety, and that a failure to comply is misconduct. However, given the nature of the request along with the fact ...