Day: May 15, 2020

Section 44 – what if an employee won’t return to work post coronavirus?

Some employees are concerned about going back to work

Last Sunday (10 May), Boris Johnson announced that some employees would be returning to work this week.

The divisive move has caused outrage among unions and employees who are worried about contracting coronavirus.

Some have refused to come in, citing Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

What is Section 44?

Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 applies to every employee but not self-employed contractors. If an employee has a reasonable belief of ‘serious or imminent danger’ to their health and others around them, they can refuse to

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