Government reforms (2): Coronavirus (Covid-19): Mandatory vaccinations for care home staff

What do we already know? We updated you in our Issue 2 Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccinations – Can employers insist? on the issues involved in introducing a mandatory vaccination policy.  We advised that in certain circumstances it would be more reasonable to make the vaccine mandatory.  In particular, an employer’s Covid-19 risk assessment may find…
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Government reforms (1): Coronavirus (Covid-19): guide for employers on vaccination of employers

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The Government has recently published a guide for employers on vaccination of employers.  This contains information and a toolkit to share with your employees to encourage them to get vaccinated.
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Government reforms (3):  Immigration – Right to work checks

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What do we already know? As part of an employer’s obligations to prevent illegal working, there is a requirement to check the right to work of all employees’ original documents in person on or before their first day of work. As a result of Brexit, the right to work check process is changing and EU…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): ACAS guidance on vaccines and testing  

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ACAS has updated its guidance on the following: Vaccine: getting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for work (available here).  The Guidance now includes advice on: how to offer support to staff that are getting the vaccine; what employers should do if they feel it is important for staff to receive the   vaccine; and how to resolve…
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Government reforms (2): Immigration – Right to work checks 

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What do we already know? As part of an employer’s obligations to prevent illegal working, there is a requirement to check the right to work of all employees’ original documents in person on or before their first day of work. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have temporarily not been required to see an…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccinations – Can Employers INSIST?

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Currently, as the UK goes through its priority groups, we are not yet in a situation where everyone has had the opportunity to be vaccinated (whether they wish to be or not). In particular, the priority groups are primarily set on the basis of age. Therefore introducing a mandatory vaccination policy now would likely be…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing times

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What do we already know? More than 112 organisations across almost 500 sites are offering rapid, regular workforce testing, and more than 2.5 million lateral flow tests have been distributed by the Government. Lateral flow is an established technology, adapted to detect proteins (antigens) that are present when a person has COVID-19. The test kit…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): LOCKDOWN 3.0 – Government guidance

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What do we already know? We updated you in our August 2020 Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updated guidance on returning to the workplace on the 14 workplace guides the Government had published to enable employers to operate safely (known as being “COVID secure”). What’s new? The Government has updated the majority of the 14 workplace guides…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): More furlough!

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What do we already know? At the time of our December Newsletter, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was due to end on 31 March 2021, but the Government had said it would review the CJRS in January 2021 to consider whether to ask employers to contribute more. What’s new? Following further Government announcements: the…
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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Self-isolation – Legal requirements

New regulations make self-isolation a legal requirement and introduce penalties for individuals and employers. These regulations (the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations): require people who have been notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (and their close contacts) to self-isolate for designated periods and to provide information to contact tracers about where…
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