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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. 

Because the reopening of offices is a new set of employment and safety issues for employers to comprehend, “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.