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Oct
22
2020

Major changes to Job Support Scheme: could it now work for your business?
#Employment

The Chancellor has today announced welcome major changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS). The changes mean the scheme is likely to be worth considering for many more employers....

Oct
22
2020

When working from home means working from abroad: considerations for employers
#Employment

Working from home is the new normal for many. Some employers have been flexible in their approach to what “at home” means in reality. As long as the job is being done, does is matter where it’s being done from?...

Oct
22
2020

Self-Isolation and Sick Pay
#Employment

With the high and rising number of employees needing to self-isolate while awaiting coronavirus (COVID-19) test results, businesses need to understand their sick pay obligations....

Oct
19
2020

£40,000 in penalties for failure to inform and consult
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Verizon European Works Council v Verizon Group highlights the risk of bypassing established statutory mechanisms for informing and consulting with the workforce. Where these arrangements are national works councils or European Works Councils (EWCs), this can lead to penalties of up to £75,000....

Oct
15
2020

Update: Oxford University to pay professor forced to retire at 68
#Employment

The employment tribunal also ordered Oxford to reinstate the professor after he won his claims for age discrimination and unfair dismissal. ...

Oct
15
2020

The Expanded Job Support Scheme: Extra cash for businesses forced to close by new lockdowns
#Employment

The Job Support Scheme, initially announced on the 24th September, was expanded by the Chancellor on the 9th October 2020. The expanded scheme, formally known as the “Job Support Scheme Expansion for Closed Business Premises” is intended to support businesses that are legally required to close due to local or national coronavirus restrictions. As with the Job Support Scheme, the expanded scheme starts on November 1st and runs for 6 months....

Oct
12
2020

CBI gets set to launch Change the Race Ratio campaign - what does the Equality Act 2010 say about positive action in the workplace?
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

At the end of October, the Confederation of British Industry will be launching a campaign to increase racial and ethnic participation in British businesses. Last week Legal and General Investment Manager (the UK’s biggest fund manager) warned FTSE 100 companies that it would openly vote against the re-election of a Board’s Chair if it failed to include at least one black, Asian or other ethnic minority (BME) member on its board by January 2022. Around 37% of FTSE 100 companies currently have all white boards....

Oct
12
2020

School worker’s LGBTQ+ related social media activity justifies sacking
#Employment

A teacher who brought discrimination and harassment claims against her ex-employer has had her case rejected by the Bristol Employment Tribunal....

Oct
08
2020

Job retention bonus: will it tip the balance?
#Employment

This month, the government has confirmed the details of the coronavirus job retention bonus (JRB) scheme. ...

Oct
08
2020

Equality Act – 10 years later
#Employment

The Equality Act 2010 was designed to simplify and strengthen protection from discrimination, and support progress towards equality. ...

Oct
07
2020

£32.1m fine for employee surveillance
#Data Protection #Employment

Following an investigation by the Data Protection Authority of Hamburg, fashion retailer H&M has been fined the equivalent of £32.1m for illegally monitoring of its employees....

Oct
05
2020

Update: employment tribunal orders Jaguar Land Rover to pay gender-fluid worker £180,000 in compensation
#Employment

Having won her claims for harassment, direct discrimination and victimisation, non-binary ex-employee Rose Taylor was awarded £180,000 in damages at the remedy hearing which was held on Friday 2nd October....

Oct
01
2020

Paranoid delusions are not a disability
#Employment

In the recent case of Sullivan v Bury Street Capital Ltd, the EAT had to decide whether paranoid delusions could amount to a disability....

Oct
01
2020

Clarkslegal highly recommended by Legal 500 UK 2021
#Clarkslegal #Commercial #Construction #Corporate #Crisis Management #Dispute Resolution #Education #Employment #UK Immigration #Public Sector #Real Estate

Clarkslegal prides ourselves on our excellent client service, so it is wonderful to be recommended by Legal 500 UK for our efforts especially during this different time for us all. We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised for the following practice areas; Construction, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Immigration and Public Sector....

Sep
30
2020

New fines and criminal records for self-isolating workers and their employers if they attend workplace
#Employment #Health & Safety

Employers will now commit a criminal offence and face fines if they knowingly permit a worker to attend the workplace after they have been told to self-isolate. ...

Sep
25
2020

Protecting employees mental health and wellbeing in the coronavirus climate
#Health & Safety #Employment

Almost half of people in Great Britain reported a “high” rating of anxiety at the beginning of lockdown, as opposed to only 21% at the end of 2019, with feelings of happiness and life satisfaction reported as significantly lower than before the coronavirus outbreak, with the most common concerns being work, well-being and finances....

Sep
24
2020

Chancellor announces the New Jobs Support Scheme
#Employment

Yesterday the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the introduction of the New Jobs Support Scheme to protect businesses and employees moving forward, when the furlough scheme comes to an end. ...

Sep
23
2020

The pandemic’s disproportionate effect on women
#Employment

Earlier this year, the Government suspended the enforcement of gender pay gap reporting due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2019 the gender pay gap stood at 17.3% in the UK. However, with the virus disproportionately impacting women over men (both in the workplace and at home), it could be argued that this year may have been even more important than ever to maintain reporting and keep momentum on equal rights....

Sep
23
2020

What does the Government’s U-turn on office workers really mean for employers?
#Employment

Yesterday, in a statement to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced several new restrictions to try to halt the increasing coronavirus infection numbers. One of the announcements was directed at office workers, who were asked to work from home where possible....

Sep
18
2020

BBC fails to reach gender parity target
#Employment

After 3 years of pay scandals, numerous equal pay claims and increases to the salaries of 700 female staff, the BBC has still failed to close its gender pay gap. ...

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