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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 unfairly dismissed.

Shielding: updated advice for clinically vulnerable

Public Health England has updated its shielding advice for the nearly four million people who’ve been categorised as extremely clinically vulnerable.

COVID-19 testing and data protection

We look at some of the data protection issues around testing employees at work for COVID-19.

Fair dismissal for refusal to wear a face mask

A lorry driver was fairly dismissed for refusing to wear a face mask while on a client’s premises but still in his cab.

Penalties for misuse of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC has published details of process for repaying overclaimed grants and the applicable penalties it will impose on employers who have misused the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and claimed to notify HMRC or repay the grant.

Lockdown 3.0 and COVID-related developments

The year began with a third lockdown and a stay-at-home instruction from the government. The following week has seen various COVID-related developments:

Furlough and the Christmas holidays

HMRC has clarified its position on employees being furloughed over the Christmas period.

Furlough guidance on notice updated

Three days after publishing its guidance on the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), HMRC updated it to deal with notice. A Treasury Direction (TD) has also been published.

Interim relief - new guide

A new guide to interim relief has been included in our Knowledge section.

CJRS extended to March 2021

Major changes to employee’s support during COVID-19 have been announced by the Chancellor. The Job Support Scheme has been postponed and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) is being extended until March 2021.

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