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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.

Redundancy dismissal and continuing furlough

The dismissal of an employee for redundancy, despite the existence of the furlough scheme, did not make his dismissal unfair.

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.

COVID-19: dismissal of employee stuck abroad

The dismissal of an employee who remained abroad at the start of the pandemic was automatically unfair on health and safety grounds.

Returning to work after 19 July 2021

What are the implications for employers of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on 'Freedom Day'?

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

The dismissal of an employee who’d expressed concerns about commuting during COVID-19 and who asked to be furloughed was not automatically unfair.

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