Some organisations are getting their staff back to the workplace this summer. However, Covid cases are rising rapidly and employers still have their duty to protect their employees’ health and safety. Asking staff to take regular lateral flow tests may be part of the organisation’s policy on making the workplace Covid secure. However, what happens if an employee does not wish to take tests? Can you enforce this?
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Post Monday 19 July if an employer has not done “something” about the contractual place of work clause in its contracts of employment, each day that goes by is an implied acceptance by the employer that working from home is fine. In this way any contractual office – based place of work clause is being daily eroded to become a working from home clause by custom and practice. This is because working from home is not now as a result of a government edict.
There appears to be considerable confusion over the current rules relating to self isolation when an individual has (or may have) been in close contact with another who then tests positive for COVID-19. With record numbers of people being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app, this is having a real impact on some employers’ ability to keep their businesses going. In this bulletin we take a look at the different ways in which individuals can be asked to self isolate and consider how employers should respond in the workplace.
It is our pleasure to present our Employment Law Webinar recorded on Friday 16th July. The Government made some interesting and important announcements earlier this week and the onus has clearly shifted onto employers to take responsibility to bring their staff back to the workplace, and to deal with the concerns and fears of their workforce in relation to the same.
The Jones Chase team is very pleased to present Dr Shahzadi Harper from The Harper Clinic (www.harperclinic.com) in this webinar recording, to discuss key aspects of menopause and its impact on the workplace.
It is our pleasure to present our Employment Law Webinar recorded on Thursday 17th June. The Government have just hit pause on relaxing all social distancing restrictions, the country is certainly moving towards opening up in the near future. We want our clients to be ready for it when it happens, together being able to deal with what may be permanent changes to how we all work.
Since March 2020 we have experienced the significant shift to working from home, which, in part, is expected to continue indefinitely. This move is now a hot topic of debate. According to the Office for National Statistics, in April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home and of those who did some work from home, 86.0% did so as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many employees are reporting that removing their commute and having their work station so accessible has meant that they are in fact putting in more hours than ever before.
Some employers are saying that they will not employ new staff unless they have had the vaccine, creating the “no jab no job” headlines we have seen. However, could this kind of policy be discriminatory? Can employers require their current staff to have the vaccine? Will employers still need to have Covid-secure measures in place when staff return to the office? Government guidance is awaited on these tricky issues. In the meantime, the points below should help employers make informed decisions about the best way to move forward.
At Jones Chase, we believe that we will see an increase in whistleblowing claims in 2021 as a result of issues related to Covid-19. In this bulletin we set out what kinds of disclosures and responses to them can give rise to potential legal liability for employers and how getting it wrong can prove very costly and time consuming.