Commentary and analysis

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  • Could long COVID meet the definition of disability?

    16 September 2021

    While not formally recognised as a disability, the effect long COVID may have on a person's ability to work may mean it should be considered as such. Hollie Ryan, senior associate at Stevens & Bolton LLP, looks at the support employers may need to offer staff with persistent symptoms to avoid legal claims.

  • Compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations for staff: How care homes can prepare

    23 July 2021

    It has been confirmed that the requirement for staff working in care homes in England to have a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have a medical exemption, comes into force on 11 November 2021. How do employers covered by new requirement encourage staff to be vaccinated, manage workers who refuse or have a medical exemption, and adapt their recruitment processes?

  • Long COVID: Potential scenarios for HR and how to deal with them

    20 July 2021

    We set out some possible scenarios that HR professionals may face in relation to long COVID, and explain how they could tackle them.

  • Long Covid: will employees be able to claim compensation?

    3 June 2021

    MPs and peers have pressed for long Covid to be classified as an occupational disease, which could give those suffering with it grounds for a compensation claim. But this might not be a straightforward decision for the government to make, writes Vanessa James, who suggests how employers can support staff with long Covid.

  • Five potential HR holiday dilemmas this summer

    25 May 2021

    As restrictions on international travel ease, we highlight five potential annual leave issues that employers could face this summer and explain how HR professionals can tackle them.

  • Hybrid working: Your HR questions answered

    24 May 2021

    Instead of simply reverting to pre-lockdown ways of working, many organisations are thinking about whether to adopt a hybrid working model on a permanent basis. We take you through the key things you need to think about before switching to hybrid working.

  • No jab, no job policies - the legal issues

    14 May 2021

    It seems that every phase of the pandemic brings new employment law issues to the fore. The start of the vaccination programme prompted the ongoing debate about whether employers can insist on employees being vaccinated against COVID-19 - a policy pithily summarised as no jab, no job.

  • Planning the future of your workplace: Six things for HR to consider

    26 April 2021

    The scale and duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the enforced shift to home-based working has led many organisations to think about the future of the workplace and a move towards a hybrid or blended working model. Gemma Dale takes us through six areas for HR to consider as part of its planning process.

  • Ramadan: Top tips for employers

    13 April 2021

    A four-point checklist for employers on how to support employees observing religious festivals.

  • Homeworking: Helping employees to balance work and caring commitments

    22 March 2021

    Lockdown has brought many challenges for employers and employees alike - not least those who have had to juggle their day-to-day work with home schooling a child or caring for another dependant. Graham Brown takes a look at ways in which employers can help support working carers and parents.

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