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Tribunal: Unfair dismissal: Covid vaccination

Allette v Scarsdale Grange Nursing Home Ltd Overview: An employment tribunal has determined that Ms Allette was dismissed fairly from her role as a Care Assistant from a nursing home, after she refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Summary: Ms Allette had been employed as a care assistant at Scarsdale Grange Nursing Home for ...
Asda tribunal

Tribunal: Constructive dismissal – discrimination

Mrs J Hutchinson v Asda Stores Ltd Overview: Asda were found to have constructively dismissed Mrs Hutchinson, a dementia sufferer, after she was repeatedly asked if she wanted to retire but was not referred to occupational health. Although done with the best of intentions, this amounted to disability and age-related harassment. Summary: Mrs Hutchinson, ...
Anxiety in the workplace

Dealing with Anxiety in the Workplace: How to Provide Support

Anxiety is a common mental health issue that affects people from all aspects of life. From experience, it seems to be especially prevalent in the workplace. While experts argue about the root causes of this condition, everyone agrees that anxiety can be a debilitating force throughout a person's professional and ...
Purpose of an occupational health assessment

What is the purpose of an occupational health assessment?

If you have been asked to undergo an occupational health assessment and you aren’t familiar with the process, it can feel a little daunting. But don’t be afraid, an occupational health assessment is a helpful and supportive process for both you and your employer. An occupational health assessment, as the name ...

How to talk to employees about mental health

The burden of mental disorders on health and productivity throughout the world has long been profoundly underestimated. The impact of mental health problems in the workplace has serious consequences not only for the individuals whose lives are influenced, but also for enterprise productivity.  According to the mental health charity Mind, at any one ...

Managing Mental Health Issues In The Workplace

Every year, 1 in 4 adults experience mental illness. And yet, only 1 in 3 who need treatment will get it. Many individuals will either take time off work or be less productive on the job. This is why focusing on mental health in the workplace is essential for your ...

Reasonable adjustments

Occupational health reports will often use the phrase ‘reasonable adjustments’, which can seem like an ambiguous term, so it’s important to understand why the phrase is used and what it means. The Equality Act (2010) makes numerous mentions of an employer’s obligations to implement ‘reasonable adjustments’ in some circumstances. The Equality ...
Fit notes

Fitness for work: GPs or occupational health

When assessing an individual’s fitness for work, a GP may issue a fit note. Although they are only providing advice to their patient, a fit note helps to document this advice, often so that the individual may present this to their employer. Making a referral to an occupational health company or practitioner can achieve ...
Unions and medical advice

Unions and medical advice

It has been made apparent to us recently that there are several unions providing questionable medical advice and in some instances, information that is plain wrong. At a time where the country is facing crisis, and levels of anxiety are so high, this is hugely unhelpful and only compounds the issues that we all ...