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COVID-19: dismissal for refusal to return to work

An employee dismissed for leaving work and refusing to return because of COVID-19-related concerns was not automatically unfairly dismissed.

End of COVID-19 restrictions and the return to the workplace

With almost all COVID-19 restrictions lifted or about to be lifted, we look at how employers should approach the return to the office.

SSP rebate scheme closure

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme closes for COVID-19-related absences after 17 March 2022.

COVID-19: dismissal for refusal to be vaccinated

The dismissal of a care home employee for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 was fair.

COVID-19: whistleblowing

The dismissal of an employee was automatically unfair because she had made protected disclosures (whistleblowing) relating to her employer’s lax and inadequate implementation of their own COVID-19 protocols at her workplace during the early part of the pandemic.

COVID-19: raising health and safety concerns

An employee was unfairly dismissed after raising health and safety concerns about working during lockdown.

COVID-19: updated advice for pregnant employees

The Department of Health and Social Care has updated its advice for pregnant employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: philosophical belief

An employee’s fear of catching COVID-19 did not amount to a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act.

SSP rebate scheme reintroduced

In response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and its resulting effect on business, the SSP rebate scheme has been reactivated as of 21 December 2021.

SSP self-certification extension

Employees can now self-certify for SSP purposes for 28 calendar days rather than seven days.

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