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Care homes and dealing with long Covid

Jacqui Atkinson and Helen Badger (pictured, left to right) of law firm Browne Jacobson explore some of the issues that may arise from long Covid and give advice for managing these absences.

As care homes continue to battle with high levels of staff absence and plan for the possibility of compulsory vaccinations further depleting their workforce, they are also having to deal with the relatively new condition known as long Covid.

In cases where an employee has been diagnosed with long Covid, it is recognised that the circumstances are harder to deal with than ‘simple’ Covid-19 absences, and most will be for significantly longer periods.

Is it a disability?

Does the impairment have a substantial (i.e. more than trivial), long-term (i.e. has it lasted or is likely to last at least 12 months) and adverse effect on the individual’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities?

The long-term component must be in effect at the time that any alleged acts of discrimination are committed. Here, the biggest challenge is likely to be the fact that long Covid is a new condition – and therefore whe

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