Employees who meet certain requirements have the right under statute to make a flexible working request. One of the greatest impacts of Covid-19 has been the significant increase in people working from home. It's expected that moving forward there will be an increase in flexible working requests.
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This week the Chancellor announced as part of the Budget that the CJRS will be extended until 30 September 2021.
Harper Macleod successfully defended a client in an unfair dismissal claim brought by an ex-employee who was dismissed for gross misconduct for refusing to wear a mask on a supplier's site as part of COVID-19 health and safety rules. This has been reported as the first case of its kind in the UK.
The Scottish Government announced last week that the criterion of eligibility for the current £500 self-isolation support grant was due to be expanded, with a view to making the grant available to a wider section of the population who are facing financial hardship as a result of being asked to self-isolate.
After the UK Government indicated the possibility of "scrapping" some EU labour laws that the UK has previously been bound by, the planned consultation attracted criticism. The UK Government has now said it is "not interested in watering down workers’ rights", although it is still possible that there will be a review undertaken at some future date.