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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.

COVID-19: automatic unfair dismissal and refusal to allow homeworking

An employee had not been automatically unfairly dismissed because of her employer’s refusal to allow her to work from home during the pandemic. Her belief that there were circumstances of serious and imminent danger was not objectively reasonable given that her employer had assessed the risks and addressed the need for increased levels of hygiene and social distancing.

COVID-19: redundancy and failure to consider furlough

An employee’s dismissal for redundancy was unfair, in part because the employer hadn’t considered continuing her employment on furlough. If a genuine consultation had taken place which considered furlough and the available project work, she may not have been made redundant.

SSP rebate scheme ends on 30 September

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate scheme will end on 30 September 2021.

End of shielding programme

People previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to follow shielding guidance.

Right to work checks: end of COVID-19 temporary changes

On 5 April 2022 the COVID-19 right-to-work concession allowing employers to carry out right-to-work checks by video call, mobile app or email will end.

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