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Aug
07
2020

Can employers make Covid-19 testing mandatory?
#Employment #Health & Safety

Government guidance sets out that anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, should be tested. As employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees, which includes mitigating the risks of Covid-19, it is likely that employers can justify a mandatory requirement for employees who exhibit symptoms to be tested in order to meet this duty....

Aug
05
2020

"Self-employed” hairdresser found to be employee
#Employment

The Claimant, a hairdresser, sought to pursue claims for unfair dismissal, notice pay, holiday pay and redundancy pay following ...

Jul
30
2020

Furlough: increased redundancy and notice pay for some employees
#Employment

The government has announced today a new law, effective from tomorrow (31 July 2020) introducing changes regarding payments on termination of employment to employees who are, or have been, furloughed....

Jul
29
2020

Settlement offers and redundancies: the cost of getting it wrong
#Employment

As the furlough scheme starts to be phased out from the end of this week, the ongoing economic Covid-19 related downturn means that increasing numbers of businesses are having to announce redundancies....

Jul
28
2020

Furlough and COVID-19 Employer Obligations Update
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

A new report by the federation of small businesses found that almost 25% of companies have already reduced their staff numbers in the last quarter, ...

Jul
22
2020

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
#Employment

Earlier this month, after being criticised for comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement, Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer made a promise during his LBC radio show that he would undertake unconscious bias training. ...

Jul
22
2020

Employment contracts can be split between multiple transferees
#Employment

UK Case law has established that TUPE can still apply to business transfers where the undertaking is transferred to multiple transferees provided the undertaking does not lose its identity. Further, TUPE can apply to service provision changes in the same circumstances provided it is possible to identity to which contractor the individuals transfer....

Jul
16
2020

Employment COVID-19 Update: Furlough Fraud and Outdoor Activities
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

HMRC has confirmed its first arrest in connection with alleged furlough fraud. It has been reported that an individual in the west midlands was arrested as part of a wider investigation ...

Jul
16
2020

Discrimination arising from a disability is not a ‘but for’ test
#Employment

In Robinson v Department for Work and Pensions, the Claimant brought a claim for discrimination arising from a disability relating to the way the DWP handled her disability. ...

Jul
15
2020

Pregnancy and Maternity Redundancy Protection Bill reintroduced in Parliament
#Employment

The Bill, put forward by Conservative MP Maria Miller, aims to strengthen protections for new and expecting mothers, by legislating that pregnant women, those on maternity leave and those within six months of childbirth cannot be made redundant....

Jul
09
2020

Employment COVID-19 Update: Summer Statement and the Latest Support Statistics
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

Yesterday, the government released its latest statistics on coronavirus support for businesses and individuals. As of the 5th July, 9.4 million jobs have been furloughed, an increase of 100,000 since 28th June; ...

Jul
09
2020

Use of Anonymous Witnesses in Disciplinary Hearings
#Employment

In Tai Tarian Limited v Howell Wyn Christie, the Claimant (a carpenter) was dismissed by his employer following an anonymous complaint that he had made homophobic comments during a visit to a client’s property....

Jul
07
2020

Discrimination Recommendations can come with a Price Tag
#Employment

When a discrimination claim is successful, as well as being able to order compensation for injury to feelings and financial losses, employment tribunals have the power to make a recommendation that, within a specified period, ...

Jul
06
2020

Employment COVID-19 Update: Help For The Arts And An Updated Treasury Direction
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

The government has updated its guidance on how employers should treat certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guidance now ...

Jul
02
2020

A Reflection on Pride Month: A quarter of LGBT staff believed to be hiding their sexual orientation or gender identity
#Employment

Last month, consultancy firm Accenture published its Visible growth; visible fears report which surveyed roughly 30,000 employees and 1,700 senior managers around the globe....

Jun
29
2020
Jun
26
2020

Employment COVID-19 Update: Social Distancing Changes & Furlough
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that, as of 4th July 2020, there will be a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the government has updated its guidance on opening businesses and venues in England and how to work safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic. ...

Jun
26
2020

MPs Urge Chancellor to Implement a 4-day Working Week
#Employment

A group of cross-party MPs have written to the Chancellor asking him to set up a commission to consider the introduction of a 4-day working week. ...

Jun
24
2020

Tribunal Claims Case Closed
#Employment

The EAT, in J Pranczk v Hampshire County Council, had to recently decide whether a Tribunal should have identified, direct and indirect disability and victimisation claims from a claim form when detrimental treatment was alleged....

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