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Is Long COVID a Disability Under the Equality Act?

Long COVID Symptoms

1.8 million people in the UK are estimated to be experiencing long COVID symptoms by the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey, but how many are likely to be considered to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010? According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey, based on self-reported

Calls for Menstrual Leave and Better Workplace Support in the UK

Following approval by Spanish politicians of a draft Bill to provide three days of paid leave for people with severe period pain, UK menstruation and period pain charities have called on the UK government to introduce menstruation leave. Currently under UK law, those who experience period pain should use their sick leave for time off

Health and Safety Executive Publishes Revised Advice for Workplaces

On 31 March 2022, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published revised advice to workplaces regarding COVID-19.  We take a look at the revised guidance and other steps employers can take to reduce the spread of respiratory infections in the workplace. The revised advice follows the relaxation of COVID-19-related measures across the UK. The advice

Regulations revoke statutory requirement for mandatory vaccination for health and social care workers in England

Covid-19 in England

On 1 March 2022, the government confirmed that it would introduce regulations revoking the statutory requirements for vaccination as a condition of deployment in health and social care settings in England. On 15 March 2022, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No 3) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/206) came into force.

The Employment Aspects of the Welsh Administration’s Long-Term COVID-19 Strategy

Covid-19 in Wales

On 4 March 2022 the Welsh Government published Together for a safer future: Wales’ long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic, setting out its long-term strategy for COVID-19 once all legal restrictions have been lifted. The Welsh Administration envisages replacing the legal duty to isolate with guidance, and an end to asymptomatic testing from the end of

Changes to Covid-19 Regulations in Scotland

Scotland Covid-19

On 16 March 2022, the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2022 (SSI 2022/92) were made which, amongst other things, revokes requirements for employers to collect visitor data. These Regulations will come into force on 21 March 2022. Among other things, they will revoke: Regulation 3 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations