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Half of key workers have blown whistle on unsafe practices during Covid 19

CIPD People Management report that 46% of key workers have blown the whistle on their employer for engaging in dangerous workplace practices during the coronavirus pandemic, according to research by law firm Slater and Gordon.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 23 September 2020

Guidance for employers on testing staff for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health & Social Care have published guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. The guidance points out that it is a voluntary decision for employers to run testing programmes for their staff and if done correctly, testing can provide confidence to employees and customers in the workplace and may help to protect business continuity.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 22 September 2020

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Evidence demonstrated paranoia not long term or likely to recur

In Sullivan v Bury Street Capital Limited, from about July 2013, following a split with a Ukrainian girlfriend, S suffered paranoid delusions that he was being followed and stalked by a Russian gang. These delusions affected his timekeeping, attendance and record-keeping.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 21 September 2020

Up to £3.5bn furlough claims fraudulent or paid in error

The BBC report that HM Revenue and Customs has told MPs on the Public Accounts Committee it estimates up to £3.5bn in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments may have been claimed fraudulently or paid out in error.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 17 September 2020

Seriously offensive tweet undermined trust in individual and the profession

Diggins v Bar Standards Board highlights the issues employers are currently facing when employees use their personal social media accounts to degrade others. A young black female Cambridge University student posted on Twitter that:

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 16 September 2020

Interim relief granted for dismissal related to Covid 19 business downturn

Morales v Premier Fruits (Covent Garden) Ltd is one of the first reported cases to be heard by an ET relating to coronavirus issues. In specified categories of automatically unfair dismissal claims, including trade union membership/activity and whistleblowing, an ET can grant an employee interim relief, i.e. an order requiring the employer to continue to employ the employee until the case is heard.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 14 September 2020

CIPD responds to Government campaign for workplace return

he CIPD have responded to the Government’s campaign for individuals to return to their workplace stating that this should not leave them feeling pressured or duty-bound to do so. As the CiPD have been consistently advising, any employer contemplating such a return should only do so by using the following three considerations:

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 10 September 2020

New entitlement to SSP if person notified they are to undergo a surgical/hospital procedure

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2020 have come into force providing that anyone who is advised that they should self-isolate prior to a planned or elective surgical or other hospital procedure can be deemed to be incapable of work, and therefore potentially be eligible for SSP, for up to 14 days.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 9 September 2020