Tag: covid-19

  • Vaccinations in the workplace, returning to work and related issues

    Many employers are frustrated by the legal advice that they are not permitted to enquire about the vaccination status of their employees. This is the legal position, and it arises from a couple of sources: The Office of the Data Protection commissioner has indicated that this type of data, being health data, is in a…

  • Employee fired for failing to return to work due to Covid 19 concerns-not an unfair dismissal

    Refusing to return to work, or serious concerns, about health and safety as a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic are a common issue in 2021. I have heard from a good deal of employees over the last 12 to 18 months with a wide range of questions and issues about returning to work, the…

  • The Work Safely Protocol-updated May 2021

    The Work Safely Protocol, published by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is an important document for employers and employees. A Return-to-Work Safely Protocol was first published in May 2020. This updated protocol is the second revision of the original protocol. It provides guidance on ventilation and vaccinations, antigen testing in the workplace and…

  • Lorry driver fired for refusing to wear a face mask

    A UK bulk liquid lorry driver was recently dismissed from his employment on account of his refusal to wear a face mask on a client site. He is believed to be the first worker in the UK to be fired for refusing to wear a mask. The driver-Deimantas Kubilius- had been reported to his employer…

  • Covid-19 Vaccine-the rollout and the legal issues in the workplace

    An information campaign is commencing today to explain to people the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine. There is a small but vocal minority who, for a variety of reasons, will not be availing of the vaccine. There are issues which are inevitably going to arise-for example, can an employer force an employee to get the…