Employment Law

What if my employee refuses to come back to work?

Amid a second national lockdown, millions of employees are back on furlough leave or working from home. The lockdown was ordered in an attempt to stem rapidly rising COVID-19 cases and related deaths, which are once again being closely followed and reported by the media. In such a climate, it is....

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National lockdown prompts furlough extension

On 5 November 2020, the day on which England’s second lockdown came into force, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention (or furlough) Scheme was to be extended until March 2021. Prior to the announcement, the furlough scheme had been due to end at the end of October, w....

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Furlough to be replaced with new ‘Jobs Support Scheme’

The furlough scheme is due to end on 31 October 2020, with employers claiming nearly £40bn for 9.6 million workers since the scheme opened. Now, as the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to reverberate and with winter fast approaching, the Chancellor has been facing increasingly....

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Coronavirus could see increase in Settlement Agreements

The coronavirus pandemic has brought entire industries to their knees and had a huge impact on the ability of businesses to pay their staff. Despite government assistance via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, there has been a surge in redundancies, which could in turn lead to a rise in claims f....

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COVID-19: Keeping employees safe and healthy

Even under the most ordinary of circumstances, employers must do everything that is “reasonably practicable”[1]to protect their employees’ health, safety and welfare while they are at work. In these unprecedented times, however, employers will have to take extra steps to ensure, as far as pos....

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Get ready for 2020 Good Work Plan Legislation

Anxious to demonstrate that they are not using Brexit as an opportunity to roll back on workers' rights, the Government plans to introduce a raft of new employment laws as part of: 'the largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights'. The legislation will implement the proposals set out in the....

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Dismissal and redundancies during the COVID-19 outbreak

During these difficult times, many businesses are struggling financially, and some are unable to continue paying their employees’ salaries. To avoid mass job losses, the government has introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as ‘furlough leave’, through which employ....

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‘Furlough’ leave – what employers should know

During these difficult times, many businesses are struggling financially. As the crisis has continued, some are no longer in a position to pay their staff. To avoid mass job losses, the government has introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Open to all UK businesses (save for public....

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Government increases financial support as coronavirus measures intensify

On Thursday 19 March, our Employment Law team published their first blog on the support available to protect businesses and employees financially, and therefore avoid business closures and job losses, as the coronavirus pandemic intensified. Just days later, the situation has already changed beyond....

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Controversial IR35 tax changes confirmed but delayed

The Spring Budget confirmed many self-employed individuals’ worst fear: controversial changes to IR35 ‘off-payroll’ tax rules were to go ahead with effect from April. However, with both employed and self-employed workers experiencing significant financial difficulties amid the coronavirus cri....

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Coronavirus in the workplace: what you need to know

Over the past few weeks, it seems that a single topic of conversation has been on the lips of the entire nation: the COVID-19, or coronavirus, outbreak. In response to the country’s concerns, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak wasted no time in outlining a £30bn fiscal stimulus package during his Spring....

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Veganism – a protected belief under the Equality Act?

In recent years, the UK has seen a surge in interest in veganism – especially at New Year, a time when many people are full of resolutions to improve their health and wellbeing. In fact, over a quarter of a million people signed up to Veganuary in 2019, a month-long pledge to stop eating animal p....

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Blowing the whistle (and unfair dismissal)

On 27 November, the Supreme Court ruled that a Royal Mail employee had been unfairly dismissed for whistleblowing six years previously. The landmark judgement overturned a previous Court of Appeal ruling stating that the appellant, Ms Jhuti, had been dismissed as a result of poor performance. ....

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Equal Pay – what SME employers need to know

Nearly five decades after the debate on equal pay began in the UK, the discussion continues. The Equal Pay Act 1970 was a landmark piece of legislation. It stated that equal pay was due where work was broadly the same and equal in value in terms of effort and skill. Fast-forwarding to 2018 shows ....

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GDPR: What HR professionals need to know

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching, organisations across the UK are preparing by reviewing and addressing many aspects of their data handling and processing. HR departments are set to be amongst the most significantly affected as they are likely t....

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Your right to unpaid parental leave

Being a working parent is never easy. Looking after children in the holidays can be a case of juggling work commitments, taking paid leave, and filling the gaps with childcare and paid-for activities. This can work out to be very expensive and may be hard to arrange, so parents might want to conside....

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The ‘gig’ economy – where are we now?

If you have had a takeaway delivered, or organised a private cab to give you a lift somewhere, you will have experienced the “gig” economy. According to the Chartered Institute for Professional Development, roughly 1.3 million people in the UK now work in the gig economy, where instead of a r....

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Why every business should think about their social media policy

Social media plays an increasingly important part in all our lives, and Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging have also become part and parcel of modern business communications. This means it’s more important than ever that employers set out clearly what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour when....

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Employers: When can you have a protected conversation with an employee?

The government put forward the concept of ‘protected conversations’ as a way of, in the words of the then Prime Minister David Cameron, “a boss and an employee could feel able to sit down together and have a frank discussion at either’s request”. The idea was that these conversations could....

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What employers need to know about holiday pay

With many workers planning their May bank holidays and summer breaks, employers need to be up-to-date with the current regulations governing time off and holiday pay.   Bank Holidays In England and Wales, there are 8 permanent bank holidays. There is no statutory right for workers to take ....

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