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Could office openings expose employers to legal disputes?

Could office openings expose employers to legal disputes?

Recruiter - 12 May 2020

As businesses begin reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, disputes are likely to arise if employers take “a one size fits all” approach to the future return to work. This can be anything from claims of disability discrimination to automatic unfair dismissal, health & safety, whistleblowing and more.

Because the reopening of offices is a new set of employment and safety circumstances for employers to deal with, “that means a minefield of potential legal risks for employers to navigate here”, says Sophie Vanhegan, partner at GQ|Littler.

“Coronavirus is a hugely important health issue and, consequently, highly emotive,” Vanhegan says.

Types of claims could include:

  • Disability discrimination
  • Indirect sex discrimination
  • Health & safety
  • Automatic unfair dismissal
  • Whistleblowing

“A host of other claims are also possible,” Vanhegan went on to say.


Read the full article here.