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Redundancy appeals and unfair dismissal

With the end of furlough approaching, many businesses are having to think (if they haven’t already) about their plans going forward. Redundancies are one of the options that employers are having to consider, and we have had a number of enquiries from businesses across the UK who are exploring this.

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Update on mandatory Covid vaccinations in care homes

Those working in care homes will need to be double vaccinated otherwise employees face being dismissed unless they are exempt for medical reasons. The justification behind the proposals were that it protected care home residents from serious illness or death related to Covid-19 infections.

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Employee unfairly dismissed for refusing to attend managers home whilst they were self-isolating

In this case the Employment Tribunal found that Mr Ham had been automatically unfairly dismissed for raising health and safety concerns. Mr Ham questioned the request, as he considered attending the home of an individual who was self-isolating to be risky.

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Employee wins £180,000 in compensation for refusal of flexible working request

A female employee recently won a tribunal claim against her employer because they refused to let her reduce her days of work or leave work early to pick up her child from nursery. The huge pay out was awarded after the Employment Tribunal held that the employer had indirectly discriminated…

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What are you going to do when furlough ends?

Furlough ends soon. The end of the scheme means that if you have any staff who are currently on furlough or flexibly furloughed you will need to make a decision about what will happen to them from the 1st October 2021 as the top up of pay for periods of furlough will no longer be available.

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Compulsory covid vaccinations for those working in care homes

The government has recently announced that covid vaccinations will become compulsory for those working in and those attending care homes from 11 November 2021. Changes to the law will mean that those working in care homes that are regulated by the Quality Care Commission must be double-vaccinated.

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Podcast Episodes

Employees who are reluctant to return to work & shielding employees

I am covering the tricky question of what you can do if an employee refuses to return to the workplace because of covid concerns. Also with the guidance about shielding changing what you need to consider when asking a formerly shielding employee to return to work.

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Changing Employment Contracts

What do you need to consider when making changes to terms of employment? If an employee refuses to agree to the change, what are the options for the employer? Can they force the change? Does an employee have to accept a change to their terms?

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Adult ADHD: What do employers need to know?

Adult ADHD is a condition that is becoming more widely recognised & an employee with ADHD could fall under the Equality Act definition of a disabled person . As a result employers may have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for employees who may be struggling with work as a result.

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Without Prejudice Discussions: When are they really ‘off the record’

When you can rely on Section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and/or the without prejudice rules to prevent settlement discussions being used against you as evidence.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse: what do employers need to know

I am joined by Ed Grey from BlueTouchPaper consulting to talk about the very timely and interesting subject of Domestic Violence & Abuse and the interrelationship with work.

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What are the options for an employee who cannot work due to school closures and childcare?

In this episode 164 of the Podcast we address a question which has arisen frequently since the announcement by Boris Johnson on the 4th January 2021 that schools would close the next day.

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