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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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