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Feb
26
2021

Are your employment contracts up to date and legally compliant?
#Employment

On 6 April 2020, the law relating to employment contracts changed. It now requires further information to be included in contracts and for this to be given to all employees AND workers no later than day one of work. ...

Feb
26
2021

HMRC loses IR35 appeal in freelance journalist case
#Employment

HMRC have lost their appeal against a ruling which found that the journalist and broadcaster, Kay Adams, was not in a ‘disguised’ employment relationship with the BBC when she was providing her services via her personal service company.  ...

Feb
24
2021

‘No Jab No Job’ contracts – are they legal?
#Employment #Health & Safety #Podcasts and Webinars

You may have seen our previous blog on rolling out vaccination programmes for employees. The debate on whether the workforce should be vaccinated continues at a pace in the press, where we have seen Barchester Healthcare join Pimlico Plumbers in considering all new recruits having to be vaccinated as a requirement of the role....

Feb
19
2021

Uber’s argument that its drivers are self-employed runs out of road
#Employment

As expected, the Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the decisions of the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal  and  Court of Appeal that the Uber drivers in this case were workers and not self-employed contractors.  ...

Feb
18
2021

HRMC briefing on how to avoid IR35 penalties
#Employment

On 15 February 2021 HMRC published its policy paper explaining how it intends to help and support organisations which must comply with changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35)....

Feb
18
2021

‘Stale’ equalities training no defence to race claim
#Employment

The case of Allay (UK) Ltd v Gehlen, is a stark warning to employers not to rely on ‘stale’ or ‘ineffective’ equal opportunities and anti-harassment training as a defence to claims of unlawful discrimination. ...

Feb
18
2021

Getting ahead with ethnicity pay gap reporting
#Employment #Data Protection

Mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting could become the norm, as calls for its introduction intensify. ...

Feb
12
2021

Are masks about to be required in all workplaces in England?
#Employment

As COVID-19 infections in the UK fall, businesses in all sectors are looking for as much notice as possible of the Government’s roadmap out of the crisis caused by the pandemic. They want to know when the current lockdown will start to be lifted and what general or sector specific restrictions on operations will remain in place....

Feb
11
2021

Can an IR35 decision be challenged?  
#Employment

The IR35 private sector reforms are due to come in on 6 April 2021. If after a status determination statement (SDS), the contractor is found to be employed for tax purposes, then they will have to pay tax and national insurance contributions (NICS) as if they were an ordinary employee. ...

Feb
05
2021

Gender pay gap reporting - what you need to know for 2021
#Employment

Since 2017, employers with 250 or more employees have had a duty to publish their gender pay gap data. The gender pay gap is the difference between the average earnings of men and women across an organisation. The reporting duty was suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic....

Feb
01
2021

Impact of Brexit on Employment & HR in 2021
#Employment #Brexit #Podcasts and Webinars

On 31st January 2020, the United Kingdom formally left the European Union. The UK has now entered into a new trading partnership with the EU under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. New rules now apply on exports, tariffs, data and employing people from within the EU. ...

Feb
01
2021

How to prepare for IR35 tax rules this April
#Employment

Major changes are happening this April as businesses become responsible for deciding the employment status of the contractors they engage through an agency or the contractor’s own limited company, known as a Personal Service Company or PSC. ...

Jan
28
2021

School closures continue - is furlough still an option for parents?
#Employment

At the start of this lockdown, we discussed the Government’s expansion of the furlough scheme to allow employers to furlough those who cannot work due to caring responsibilities (which includes looking after children who would otherwise be in school)....

Jan
22
2021

Employment & HR in 2020 - The Changing World of Work
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

Over the previous two weeks, our look back at 2020 has reflected on developments in Public Health and Equality. This week, we will consider the changing world of work in 2020.The COVID-19 pandemic was probably the most significant disruptor of the world of work since the Industrial Revolution. ...

Jan
21
2021

The impact of the new Covid variant on workplace health and safety
#Employment #Health & Safety

There have been 53 updates to the Government’s health and safety guidance on making workplaces “COVID-secure” since May 2020....

Jan
20
2021

Mandatory workplace testing: what employers need to know
#Employment

Last week, the Government announced its expansion of community asymptomatic testing to identify more positive cases of COVID-19....

Jan
20
2021

Will WhatsApp share my data with Facebook?
#Employment #Data Protection

The WhatsApp privacy confusion – what is actually going on and should you continue to use the app?...

Jan
19
2021

HRMC to publish list of employers making a furlough claim
#Employment

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance was updated on 10 November 2020, warning employers that submitting a CJRS claim from 1 December 2020 onwards meant they were also agreeing to HMRC publishing their names....

Jan
15
2021

Rolling out of vaccination programme for employees
#Employment

The UK government is relying on the national vaccination programme against COVID-19 as a route out of this crisis. The programme is voluntary and the government is clear that it will remain this way, both for civil liberties and public health reasons......

Jan
14
2021

Employment & HR in 2020 – The Equality Agenda
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

Last week our look back on 2020 reflected on Public Health and the COVID-19 pandemic, this article considers 2020 in terms of the equality agenda. Although, the constant refrain from the Government has been that we are all in this pandemic together and all have a part to play to get out of it, it is clear that this pandemic has not hit all members of society equally....

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