Employment Law: What’s new in the world of Covid-19?
From an Employment perspective, there have been quite a few recent updates in the world of Covid-19. However, if we had to choose the top five, we consider that these would be:
New consultation regarding the reform of the flexible working regulations
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy opened a consultation on 23 September 2021 seeking views on proposals to reform the current flexible working regulations, including plans to make the right to request flexible working a day one right.
New international travel system
The current traffic light system is to be replaced with a single red list, where eligible fully vaccinated passengers coming from non-red list countries will not be required to undertake a pre-departure test (PDT), being able to replace the day two PCR test with a lateral flow test from the end of October.
End of shielding for clinically extremely vulnerable
Following the booster vaccination rollout, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced that clinically extremely vulnerable individuals will no longer be advised to follow shielding guidance.
Judicial review challenging mandatory vaccination for care home workers
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (Amendment Regulations) provides that from 11 November 2021, all care home workers and anyone entering a care home must be fully vaccinated. Judicial review proceedings were issued on 9 September 2021 to challenge this decision, on the basis that, amongst other things, it interferes with the public's right to "bodily integrity" and that it is severe, unnecessary and disproportionate.
1/5 of employers have changed their employees’ terms and conditions since the beginning of the pandemic
A survey conducted by CIPD revealed that 1/5 of employers have changed their employees’ terms and conditions of employment since the beginning of the pandemic, such as terms and conditions related to place of work, hours of work and pay levels.
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All information in this update is accurate at the time of writing. It is meant for general information only and is not legal advice.