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Over five months since the public was told to work from home where possible, the Prime Minister wants Britons back at their desks. As well as concern for the economy, mental health and productivity, ministers are warning that working from home will make people more ‘vulnerable’ to being let go.

Theodora Louloudis is joined by employment law solicitor, Melanie Morton to discuss the rights of employers to fire those who wish to stay home, and the rights of employees to refuse on the grounds of health, childcare, or because they simply don’t fancy it. 

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In This Story: Ireland

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.

Geopolitically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. As of 2016, 4.8 million people live in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

The Irish climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and thus very moderate, and winters are milder than expected for such a northerly area, although summers are cooler than those in continental Europe. Rainfall and cloud cover are abundant.

A strong Irish culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music and the Irish language. The island’s culture shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.

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