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May
06
2021

Covid-19, red list countries, and UK visa applications
#Immigration

The British government has put rules in place banning travel from certain ‘red list countries,’ which currently include: ...

May
05
2021

Fire and rehire - is it legal?
#Employment

Following a Commons debate on 27 April 2021, the Government are considering their response to an ACAS report on the use of a ‘fire and rehire’ approach by employers....

May
05
2021

Monica Atwal comments on remote working
#Immigration #Press

Monica Atwal, managing partner of law firm Clarkslegal, says there are a number of questions an employer should ask if it is looking to adopt a ‘work from anywhere’ strategy. “The reality is that the business will need to do a detailed assessment of the consequences to both them and the employee,” she advises....

May
05
2021

Flexi-job apprenticeships consultation for employers
#Employment

The Government is consulting on how its proposed flexi-job apprenticeship schemes could be run, with input invited until 1 June 2021....

Apr
29
2021

COVID-19 committee recommends plan for hybrid working
#Employment

The House of Lords COVID-19 committee has acknowledged that hybrid working is here to stay. In the report Beyond Digital: Planning for a Hybrid World the COVID-19 committee acknowledged that hybrid working was always going to come at some point, but the pandemic has accelerated it. ...

Apr
28
2021

Employee holidays abroad during COVID
#Employment

With the summer months fast approaching and with the fatigue of more than a year of lockdowns weighing on us, many are hoping the second half of this year will provide ample opportunity to enjoy holidays abroad again. ...

Apr
21
2021

Football clubs - reputation and employee relations
#Employment #Commercial

Within 48 hours of its announcement, all six of the English clubs involved in the proposed breakaway European Super League have withdrawn from the project as result of outspoken opposition pressure from their own supporters the public including their domestic target audience of TV subscribers and the UK Government. As only three clubs remain, it is clear that the project will not go ahead. ...

Apr
21
2021

European Super League: Legally Binding Contracts
#Commercial

The last few days have seen the founders of the European Super League, the UEFA and others clash over the creation of a new football league. ...

Apr
20
2021

Setting up a food business during COVID
#Food and Restaurants

During the coronavirus pandemic many have turned to the kitchen during lockdown. While pastime for most, others have looked to turn this into a new business opportunity. Kiran Malik a new Commercial Property Solicitor at Clarkslegal discusses the issues she had to overcome when setting up a family food business during lockdown. ...

Apr
16
2021

Employee concerns on COVID-19 in workplace loses unfair dismissal
#Employment

As the ‘work from home if you can’ instruction is set to come to an end in June employers could face employees concerns about feeling safe in the working environment. In the case of Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Limited, a Claimant was dismissed after he text his manager to say he would not be returning to work until ‘Covid restrictions eased’ as he was worried about infecting his vulnerable children. ...

Apr
16
2021

Can an employer require employees to evidence their vaccine status?
#Employment

The Government continues to consider whether ‘Covid status certificates’ or ‘vaccine passports’ could be rolled out as part of the road map out of lockdown. Last week it was reported that steps were being taken to draw up a scheme. ...

Apr
15
2021

Statutory adoption pay not comparable to shared parental pay?
#Employment

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) have confirmed that an employer did not discriminate against a male employee by paying enhanced adoption pay but not enhanced shared parental pay. ...

Apr
13
2021

Share Buybacks: An Overview
#Corporate #Commercial

Share buybacks are a useful tool to public and private companies. However, the procedure can be complex, and the courts have been known to scrutinise deviations of any sought. In the most extreme cases, share buybacks have been unwound leaving the shares still in issue and in control of the shareholder. ...

Apr
13
2021

Home Office announces resumption of Sponsor licence compliance visits
#Immigration #Brexit

The end of the Brexit transition period has led to a steady increase in sponsor licence applications. The licence, which is required to now sponsor EU nationals for work, is subject to compliance checks by the Home Office. As a part of this compliance, the Home Office routinely make announced or unannounced compliance visits. ...

Apr
09
2021

Data protection monthly overview
#Employment #Data Protection

In this month’s Data Protection Round-Up: a lack of awareness for the Children’s Code, new ICO guidance is in the offing and the Government’s Digital Markets Unit takes shape. ...

Apr
07
2021

April updates to payment rates and compensation limits
#Employment

Employers must keep in mind recent increases to the financial thresholds used for various employment law calculations – including a week’s pay in statutory redundancy payments and pay rates for sickness and family-related absences....

Apr
07
2021

Does a construction contract require a final account mechanism?
#Construction

The recent case of JSM Construction Limited v Western Power Distribution (West Midlands) plc [2020] considers whether construction contracts require a final account mechanism....

Apr
01
2021

Sleep-in workers not entitled to national minimum wage when sleeping
#Employment

In the recent case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake & others, the Supreme Court had to decide how sleep in workers’ working time should be calculated for the National Minimum Wage (NMW)....

Mar
26
2021

Asda Workers Win Supreme Court decision in latest appeal
#Employment

The Supreme Court in their judgment this morning have ruled that Asda shop workers, who are predominantly female, can compare themselves to their colleagues who work in Asda distribution centres, who are predominantly male, in their equal pay claim. For equal pay claims, the comparator the claimant relies on must be employed by the same employer either at the same establishment, or at a different establishment with ‘common terms’. ...

Mar
26
2021

Settlement agreements without prejudice
#Employment

This year many businesses may sadly have to start selecting some employees for redundancy as furlough leave becomes more expensive and finally ends. Alternatively, managers and HR departments may have to pick up those outstanding performance or conduct issues as furloughed employees return to work. ...

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