Having recently discussed the basic principles applicable to employers’ liability claims, in the second of a two-part series, Ben Hicks and Andrew Spencer turn to examine how the current Covid-19 pandemic has created issues for employers and consider how these issues might be dealt with by the Courts.
Particular topics discussed include:
- What precautions should employers be implementing to protect their employees from exposure to Covid-19 at work?
- What is “reasonable” in respect of PPE provision?
- Who might be able to bring a claim arising out of an employee’s exposure to Covid-19?
- Which employers might be at greater risk of such claims?
- COSHH – is Covid 19 a “controlled substance” and if so, what are the implications of this?
- How might the Courts approach the question of causation?
- What issues might arise in relation to quantum?
- How far might psychiatric damage feature in Covid-19-related claims?
- Might “combat immunity” be extended beyond the military?
- The possibility of alternative compensation schemes.
View the slides here – EL – Covid Claims