Easing out of lockdown will prompt employers to focus on how to manage a return to the workplace, especially for reluctant returners after long absence during the pandemic.
In the recent case of Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Limited an employee was dismissed when he refused to return to work because he was worried about COVID-19.
The employment tribunal dismissed his automatic unfair dismissal claim for two main reasons:
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