Latest news from the world of Occupational Health law

Covid-19 updates 24 January, 2022 - We are continuing to update our Covid-19 page for recent changes. Changes in England include: Advice for office workers to work from home was withdrawn on 19th January 2022: Covid>Working from home. The regulations making face coverings compulsory – subject to exemptions – in shops, public transport and various other settings will no longer apply... Read more »
Fit notes: temporary change 20 December, 2021 - To free up GP capacity, employees are temporarily being allowed to self-certify sickness absence of up to 28 days for Statutory Sick Pay, rather than the usual 7 days. This applies if the absence begins between 10th December 2021 and 26th January 2022 inclusive. It only applies to SSP. There is no reason not to... Read more »
Legal changes in response to Omicron variant 13 December, 2021 - We have updated our Covid page for changes which took effect in England from November and early December. In summary, in England: From 13th December office workers who can work from home are advised to do so: Covid>Working from home. From 30th November face coverings became compulsory (subject to exemptions) on public transport, in shops... Read more »
Proposed right to unpaid leave for carers 15 November, 2021 - The government has announced that when parliamentary time allows it will introduce a right for unpaid carers to take up to 5 working days of unpaid leave per year. This could be used for providing care (or making arrangements for provision of care) for a dependant who requires long-term care. More Time off for dependants>Proposed... Read more »
Unfair dismissal where cannabis taken for health reasons 1 November, 2021 - The EAT considered whether it was fair to dismiss a worker who tested positive for cannabis, having taken it to relieve his back pain. In January 2020 the claimant had returned from a period of 6-7 months off work with severe back pain. In March 2020 a random drugs test found he was positive for... Read more »
Compulsory retirement age for academics 18 October, 2021 - An appeal case has upheld two tribunal decisions which had reached opposite conclusions on the same university retirement policy. This was two joined appeals where Professors Pitcher (English Literature) and Ewart (Atomic and Laser Physics) had been required to retire at age 67 under the same university retirement policy. Each case had been heard by... Read more »