Welcome to our May newsletter!
Following the Queen’s Speech on 11 May, we would normally expect to report on a raft of proposed employment measures, however this year’s speech was notable for the absence of any such proposals. In particular, there was no sign of the Employment Bill previously promised by the Government and expected to include measures to extend and protect worker’s rights, and create a Single Enforcement Body to tackle abuses in the labour market.
There have been however a number of pandemic related developments to report, including tweaks to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an extension for remote right to work checks, a European case on the human rights implications of compulsory vaccination, and an ET decision about whether a dismissal resulting from a refusal to come into the workplace because of concerns about coronavirus could be automatically unfair on health and safety grounds.
We also cover two recent cases concerning the legal definition of disability, a decision on maternity discrimination, and guidance from the Court of Appeal on when it is appropriate for a tribunal to order re-engagement following a successful unfair dismissal claim.
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