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Redeployment and fairness of dismissal

Although on the facts of this case failure to consider redeployment did not amount to a failure to make reasonable adjustments, the tribunal should have considered the issue of redeployment when deciding the fairness of a dismissal, even though it hadn’t been raised by the claimant.

COVID-19: appropriate steps in the face of serious and imminent danger

A tribunal wrongly rejected a claim for automatic unfair dismissal brought by an employee who was dismissed after demanding to be allowed to work from home and be furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: updated ACAS guidance

ACAS has updated its coronavirus guidance for employers and employees.

Redundancy and the duty to consider furlough

An employee made redundant in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic was unfairly dismissed because her employer hadn’t considered furloughing her as an alternative to redundancy.

Calculation of furlough pay and CJRS

An employee’s furlough pay can be calculated in accordance with the terms agreed upon by the employer and employee through a variation in the employee’s contractual terms. The formula set out in the Treasury Directions governing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was not mandatory for employers to use and did not supersede existing employment law rights and obligations.

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.

COVID-19: long COVID and disability

An employee with long COVID symptoms was ‘disabled’ for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

COVID-19: redundancy, furlough, consultation, and Facebook

A complete lack of any consultation or selection process, allied to notifying staff of redundancies via a Facebook post, led to unfair dismissal.

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.

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