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Consultation to revoke COVID-19 vaccination legislation

Do you operate in the health and social care sector? Back on 31 January, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced his belief that “it is no longer proportionate to require vaccination as a condition of deployment’” when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, the department for […]

Vaccinations may no longer be required in health and social care sector

Vaccinations may no longer be required to remain working in the health and social care sector. Yesterday, 31 January, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced his belief that “it is no longer proportionate to require ‘Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment’”. The government are now consulting on revoking the […]

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Updated Regulations for 2022

COVID-19 mandatory vaccination regulations have now been introduced into the wider health and social care sector. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 were made on the 6 January 2022 and came into force on 7 January 2022. There is currently a grace period in place, giving […]

January 2022: The latest on COVID-19

We start 2022 with a continued focus on COVID-19 and the challenges it continues to bring. We are seeing large numbers of new infections with the dominant variant in the UK now being Omicron; the variant which doubles in case numbers around every two to three days. In the week up to 31 December in […]

Employees can now self-certify for up to 28 days

In a bid to support the booster vaccination efforts, emergency legislation was laid before Parliament yesterday on the 16th December, which has come into effect today, Friday 17th December 2021. The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021, mean that an employer cannot ask for proof of sickness until the employee has been off work […]

Employers, HR and the new COVID variant and rules – what you need to know

Further to the discovery of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, the government has introduced precautionary measures to slow the spread in the UK until more can be understood about the potential impact. Although there is much still to be learned about the variant, it is understood that it spreads ‘very rapidly’ and can be spread […]

Mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for care home staff

care home worker HR Solutions

The Government has announced that it is mandating Covid-19 vaccinations for care home staff. Back in April, the Government announced a consultation process in which to seek views on the proposal of mandating care home staff to have the COVID-19 vaccination. It included its scope and any potential impact on staffing and safety. The Health […]

Can you refuse employment when an applicant has not had the Covid-19 vaccination? 

COVID-19 Vaccination | Refuse Employment

The matter of refusing to employ job applicants because of not having had the COVID-19 vaccination is a complex area of employment law.  Under the Equality Act, it is unlawful to discriminate a job applicant on the grounds of their protected characteristic (age, disability, sex, race, religion etc).  There will be some groups of individuals who therefore […]

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