Covid-19: Right to Work Checks

On 30th March 2020 a number of temporary changes were made to UK right to work checks.  Checks are still necessary, and it is still an offence to knowingly employ ...

Employment Tribunals – The Impact of Covid-19

Pre-pandemic, the Tribunal system was already creaking under the weight of claims, with some Tribunals not listing final hearings for over a year after initiation of a claim.   The pandemic ...

Job Retention Scheme update

From 1 September 2020 employers have to contribute at least 10% of salary for those benefitting from the furlough scheme (adding to the payments of employer's National Insurance and minimum ...

Summer holidays – self-isolating after returning to the UK

In August the government published new guidance for workers and employees on employment rights associated with self-isolating after returning to the UK from countries where there are now quarantine rules ...

The Kickstart Programme

The government has opened its new Kickstart Scheme. The scheme is designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term ...

The clinically extremely vulnerable – an end to shielding

From 1 August the clinically extremely vulnerable were no longer required to “shield” and could potentially return to work. This is not a green light to require everyone to return ...

Furlough and Redundancies – further clarification and HMRC guidance on how to assess your earlier claims

1. Calculating weekly pay On 31 July 2020, the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week's Pay) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/814) came into force. These provide that if ...

Job Retention Bonus

On 31st July 2020 new guidance was released on the Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/job-retention-bonus/job-retention-bonus The scheme provides a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for each employee that ...

Claiming furlough payments for employees during notice periods – Gov.UK update

After the confusion caused by the third treasury statement, the Government have clarified the position on whether furlough can be claimed to cover notice payments for employees facing redundancy. The ...

The Government’s Plan for Jobs – the end of Furlough and new Job Retention Bonus

On 8 July the Treasury published its “Plan for Jobs” setting out its plans for protecting jobs and facilitating a financial bounce back. It confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ...

Can Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) payments be claimed during notice periods?

Since the publication of the third Treasury Direction on 25 June 2020 there has been some recent discussion of whether the CJRS claims can be made to cover the salaries ...

Flexible furlough – the final stage

The Government updated the official guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) on 12 June. The updated guidance now includes details of how the scheme is to be wound ...

Updates to the Furlough Scheme

On 29 May Rishi Sunak announced further details about the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).  We set out the key details below. Important dates It’s important to ...

GDPR – Covid-19 considerations for employers

If you will be requiring staff to undergo coronavirus testing, or asking them to share whether or not they or anyone they live with have experienced any symptoms of coronavirus ...

Specific sector guidance on working safely during the pandemic

Various sets of sector specific guidance (covering: 1. construction and other outdoor work; 2. Factories, plants and warehouses; 3. labs and research facilities; 4. offices and contact centres and similar ...

Links to useful information on Coronavirus

Acas: Guidance for employers and employees from Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), an independent body funded by the Government, is available here: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus NHS: Health-related guidance from the National ...

IR35 reforms delayed until April 2021

The government has postponed the controversial reforms to the IR35 tax rules for 12 months in an attempt to alleviate pressure on business in view of Covid-19.  The changes, which ...

New decade….new culture?

If anyone believed that the push towards challenging workplace cultures had lost momentum the new guidance from the EHRC published today “Sexual harassment and harassment at work” will dispel that ...

Brexit – workforce planning

With no clear sight of a Brexit deal, it remains sensible for employers to consider how to prepare for a no-deal scenario.  As things stand, it is possible we could ...

Data Subject Access Requests – are you giving too much away?

Legal professional privilege, the protection of confidential communications between a solicitor and their client, is a fundamental principle of English law. Privileged documentation does not need to be disclosed in ...

Vegetarianism not protected under the Equality Act

In Conisbee v. Crossley Farms Ltd and others, an Employment Tribunal has decided that vegetarianism is not a philosophical belief that qualifies for protection under the Equality Act 2010.  It ...

IR35 changes in the private sector – will it affect you?

Further details have been released by the government in relation to the changes to off-payroll working rules (IR35).  As previously announced the responsibility for determining whether individuals should be taxed ...

Gender pay gap reporting – enforcement action against late reporters

Earlier this year the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) commenced formal investigations into six organisations that had failed to report their gender pay gap for 2019. As a result of ...

Holiday pay for term time workers

Should holiday entitlement and pay for term time only workers be calculated on a pro-rata basis at 12.07% of annual pay under the Working Time Regulations?  In Harpur Trust v. ...

Illegal contracts – breach of immigration rules

The Court of Appeal has found that an employer cannot rely on a breach of the immigration rules to argue that an employment contract is unenforceable.  In the recent decision ...

ACAS tips for employers to manage hot weather at work

As the UK temperatures soar ACAS has issued some guidance to help employers manage workplace challenges due to hot weather.  Their suggestions include: Workplace temperatures should be reasonable - the Health & ...

Private sector needs to operate new IR35 Rules for contractors from April 2020

In the October 2018 Budget the Chancellor confirmed that with effect from 6 April 2020 private sector businesses that engage contractors who supply services through an intermediary business (such as ...

Liability for the acts of “Rogue” employees

The test for whether an employer can be found vicariously liable for acts of an employee is whether the employee is acting “in the course of their employment”, and whether ...

Confusion over gender pay gap

A YouGov survey has revealed that almost two thirds of the British public are unaware of what the gender pay gap is. The survey of 1,640 adults asked whether they ...

Employer vicariously liable for MD’s drunken assault

The key test in establishing whether an employer can be found liable for acts of an employee is whether the employee is acting “in the course of their employment”.  The ...

Employment references – new ACAS guide

The giving of employment references can sometimes cause tensions for employers. Although there is usually no legal obligation to provide a reference (except in certain regulated professions), if you do ...
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