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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....

Jan
14
2021

Max award for employees told of redundancy via social media
#Employment

Twenty-three employees have won the maximum ‘Protective Award’ of 90 days extra pay because their employer failed to ‘inform and consult’ with them about their redundancies. Under S188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULCRA), employers must follow collective consultation rules where it proposes to make over 20 redundancies in a 90 day period....

Jan
08
2021

Employment law look ahead for 2021
#Employment #Brexit

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the postponement of many employment law changes due to take place in 2020. This article investigates some of the key developments anticipated over the next 12 months. ...

Jan
08
2021

Employment & HR in 2020- Priorities, Policies and Processes
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

The year 2020 will always be a stand-out year in our personal and professional lives. COVID-19 brought so much suffering to so many across the globe and created a level of uncertainty that we had never experienced before. Businesses were forced to adapt at breakneck speed. ...

Jan
07
2021

The balancing act of managing work and childcare for Lockdown 3.0
#Employment

Again, employers and employees are facing the difficult balancing act of managing work and childcare through this third national lockdown. The three main options for employers to manage such leave are to place affected parents/guardians on furlough, have parents use their annual leave to take time off or take unpaid leave....

Jan
07
2021

Company sued for not inviting employee on maternity to Christmas Party
#Employment

A new mother who was not invited to her work Christmas party whilst on maternity leave has succeeded in her claim against her employer....

Dec
22
2020

Equal Pay Case - Document Destruction
#Employment

Monica Atwal takes an in-depth look at the Next Equal Pay case and the news that documents relating to the case had been destroyed in a thought leadership article published in Governance and Compliance Magazine....

Dec
18
2020

Can we require our employees to be vaccinated?
#Employment

Now that the UK is past its first week of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, employers are starting to consider what 2021 will look like and whether there is hope of the workplace returning to some form of normality. The question on many employers’ minds is - can we require our staff to get vaccinated?...

Dec
17
2020

IR35 – Government’s CEST tool produces undetermined outcome
#Employment

The Government’s CEST tool, designed to help determine whether a worker will be caught by the changes to the off payroll working rules (IR35) was unable to reach a conclusion in 19% of cases checked in the last year. ...

Dec
17
2020

No more non-compete clauses?
#Employment

This month, the BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) opened their consultation on reforming employment contract non-compete clauses. Back in 2016, there was a close to universal consensus amongst employers that restrictive covenants are a valuable instrument for those seeking to protect their business interests. At the same time, their perceived impact on an ex-employee’s ability to find new work was deemed insignificant, or not unfair. ...

Dec
10
2020

2021 statutory pay rates published
#Employment

The April 2021 statutory maternity, paternity and sick pay rates have been released by the Government. The increases are modest at less than £1 per week. ...

Dec
10
2020

Employee unlawfully harassed on WhatsApp
#Employment

The Employment Tribunal has issued a timely reminder to employers of the dangers of social media in the workplace, after finding in Abdi v Deltec International Courier Ltd that the employee had been harassed by her colleagues via WhatsApp. ...

Dec
04
2020

This week, the rules on Acas Early Conciliation (EC) changed
#Employment

The standard EC period is now 6 weeks rather than a month (but there is no longer the possibility of extending it by 2 weeks). Although this may appear to give people... ...

Dec
04
2020

Vicarious liability for remote Christmas parties
#Employment

Festivities will be very different this year. Despite exiting a national Lockdown this week, 98.7% of the population in England find themselves in tiers 2 or 3 in the run up to Christmas. ...

Dec
01
2020

Supporting employees vulnerable to domestic abuse
#Employment

The end of November has seen a cumulation of domestic violence focused stats and reminders. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th November saw the release of UK’s first comprehensive 10-year femicide census, which revealed harrowing figures, including that 62% of the deceased women were killed by their current partner or an ex, mostly in their own homes....

Nov
26
2020

Restrictive covenants – employers watch out
#Employment

Employers can be liable for inducing a breach of a restrictive covenant, but relying on legal advice can provide a defence as held the Court of Appeal in Allen v Dodd & Co Ltd....

Nov
26
2020

Equal Pay – where to next?
#Employment

The Fawcett Society have marked Equal Pay Day – the day of the year on which women stop earning relative to men – by releasing a report warning the UK is at a crossroads on equal pay....

Nov
24
2020

Brexit: Are your employees working from home abroad?
#Employment #UK Immigration #Brexit

Last month our article discussed the employment law implications to consider if your employees are working from abroad during the pandemic....

Nov
19
2020

New ruling provides H&S detriment protection to workers
#Employment

Protection from health and safety detriments and the right to PPE should cover ‘workers’ as well as employees, High Court rules....

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