Can I be sacked for having ‘long COVID’?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) defines long Covid as lasting for more than 12 weeks. Reported symptoms include: respiratory issues fatigue headaches problems with the heart and gut ‘pins and needles’ a condition described as ‘brain… Read on

How to manage employee anxiety in the workplace

Employers have a duty of care with respect to the health and safety of their staff. This includes workplace stress and anxiety. The law also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the grounds of a protected characteristic. One of… Read on

Discrimination and hidden disabilities at work

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person is ‘disabled’ if they have a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out daily activities. ‘Hidden disabilities’ can fall into this… Read on

What are reasonable adjustments at work?

Employers have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure equality for disabled people in the workplace, under the Equality Act 2010. This occurs where an employee is classed as disabled under the Equality Act and is placed at… Read on

Covid hygiene in the workplace

As an employer you have a duty of care to your staff and third parties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and under common law. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from… Read on

Ill health dismissal: does the ACAS Code apply?

The ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where someone is dismissed from work purely due to ill health. This means employers can dismiss someone for sickness without following the process recommended in the ACAS… Read on

Statutory payments to increase from April 2019

The annual increase of certain benefits in England, Wales and Scotland is due to take effect from early next month.  Benefits generally rise in line with inflation.  This year, the key changes are: statutory sick pay will increase from £92.05… Read on

Are trigger points for sickness absence dismissals lawful?

The latest ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) suggests that intermittent sickness absence thresholds, which allow employers to dismiss staff once a  trigger point has been breached, are potentially discriminatory against disabled employees. Background Many employers operate sickness… Read on

Dismissal for ill health: does ACAS Code apply?

The EAT has recently confirmed that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where a dismissal has been purely for health reasons. Background The ACAS Code says that it applies to dismissals for conduct… Read on

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