Real Employment Law Advice

Category: Furlough and the Coronavirus

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Best practice for employers

What should I do if an employee refuses to have the Covid vaccine?

Naturally, employers want their business to return to normal as soon as possible, and we have been receiving several enquiries from employers, asking if they can require employees to have the vaccine. What can employers do if an employee refuses to have the vaccine?

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How should I approach staff about vaccinations in the workplace?

There are a number of reasons why you should think carefully about how you approach your staff about the Covid-19 vaccinations. One of the main reasons why is because of the potential risk of discrimination arising if there are conflicting views held by employees on the vaccine.

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Can an employer make staff have the Vaccine?

Can I encourage staff to have the Covid Vaccine or even make it mandatory?When the Covid-19 vaccination programme started, Charlie Mullins, chairman of Pimlico Plumbers was one of the first to announce that the business was going to introduce – what has now been dubbed – a “no jab, no job” policy.

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Employee Resources

Sick Pay and Covid-19

Frequently Asked Questions about Sick Pay and Covid-19 related absences. Over the past few weeks, we have been receiving a lot of queries from employers and employees about sick pay. It is a confusing area, not helped by the frequency with which Government guidance is updated.

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Employee Resources

Can I work whilst on Furlough?

What do you need to know about working whilst on furlough? The governments guidance sets out clearly that an employee is unable to work for their employer whilst furloughed. However, what happens if an employee has two jobs or their employer asks them to undertake training?

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Family Rights at Work

What are the options for employees who cannot work due to school closures?

As we all know another national lockdown was announced on 4 January 2021, which came into force on 5 January 2021. The result of which, means schools are once again closed. As a parent myself, I completely sympathise and understand the organisation required to sort childcare at short notice.

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Does the latest lockdown adversely impact female employees?

Following the lockdown and school closure in March 2020 statistics came out that more women than men were furloughed and subsequently made redundant. This is a question I posed on LinkedIn recently and the overwhelming response was that yes it does adversely impact women.

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Furlough and the Coronavirus

2020: The Year of Furlough

This year has been unprecedented for employment law and unlike no other time in my career. I don’t need to tell you, I know many of you feel the same, but my year in review for 2020 has one major feature…….FURLOUGH.

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Best practice for employers

Can you require employees to have the Covid vaccine?

Can Employers require Employees to have the Covid vaccine? At some point there may be employers who are keen for their workforce to have the vaccine. But what happens if employees refuse the vaccine when offered?

Furlough and the Coronavirus

Furlough Scheme Extension Update 10th November 2020

As promised the government published the revised and updated guidance on the Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, late on Tuesday 10th November 2020.