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May
14
2021

Employers face possible challenges to the new self-isolation rules
#Employment

From this week, people in England identified by NHS Test and Trace as being in contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19 are now able to opt in to take part in a trial of daily lateral flow device testing as an alternative to self-isolation....

May
11
2021

Mental Health Awareness Week: Returning to the workplace
#Employment

Lockdown restrictions are set to be eased further on 17 May 2021, and many employers are beginning to welcome their employees back to the workplace. While it is understandable that employers will be focused on protecting their employees’ physical health, ensuring that its workplace is Covid-19 secure, consideration should also be given to how employers can safeguard their employees’ mental health. ...

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
#Employment #UK 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
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
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
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. ...

Mar
25
2021

Uber judgement set to shift the gig-economy for delivery companies
#Employment

Uber’s announcement about how it will pay its drivers following the Supreme Court decision last month has produced much discussion. ...

Mar
18
2021

Coronavirus shielding for the most vulnerable to end
#Employment

On 17 March, the Government wrote to those who are categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable to advise them that from 1 April 2021 they no longer needed shield. ...

Mar
18
2021

A more flexible working future?
#Employment

The Minister for Women & Equalities, Liz Truss, has called on employers to make flexible working the standard as the UK recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Mar
16
2021

Tax implications of working from home
#Employment

Employees working from home regularly may be able to benefit from certain tax exemptions, although this cannot be where they are working informally, HMRC guidance has confirmed that if an employee is working from home due to COVID-19, the definition of a homeworking arrangement for tax purposes, will be met for this period. ...

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