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Apr
08
2020

April Changes
#Employment

With everything else that’s going on at the moment it is easy to forget about the employment law changes which came into force in April. As a reminder, here are some of the key changes:...

Apr
08
2020

Updated coronavirus guidance: apprenticeships and annual leave during furlough
#Employment

Yesterday evening, the government provided updated guidance on apprenticeships in relation to furlough...

Apr
08
2020

Updated Government Guidance on Furlough
#Employment

This weekend the government provided updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme......

Apr
03
2020

Wellbeing in a strange new world
#Employment

Covid-19 has changed at lot about how we work. After the Government’s announcement that those who could work from home should now do so, many employers have seen a rapid shift in how, and where, its employees carry out their roles......

Apr
01
2020

Take a deep breath! Managing stress in the workplace
#Employment

April 2020 is Stress Awareness Month. Employers should pay attention to how they can best look out for their employees in the workplace particularly during these times of global crisis and alternative working arrangements. ...

Apr
01
2020

Caution and Integrity when Furloughing Employees
#Employment

The new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is timely and vital. Without the ability to place employees on furlough leave with government supported wages, hundreds of thousands more jobs and businesses would have been lost permanently....

Mar
26
2020

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme
#Employment

The Chancellor has just announced the Government’s package of support for the self-employed; the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme....

Mar
26
2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 receives Royal Assent
#Employment

The Act also gives HMRC the power to set out how this funding will work in practice. However, no details have yet been formally set out......

Mar
26
2020

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Delayed
#Employment

This week the government took the decision to suspend any mandatory gender pay gap reporting this year......

Mar
26
2020

New Acas Guidance on Working From Home
#Employment

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began the government has urged people to work from home where possible. Working from home is no longer the alien concept it once was;......

Mar
24
2020

Breaking: Statement on Financial Support for the Self Employed
#Employment

An urgent question was directed at the Chancellor at 12.30pm......

Mar
24
2020

Furlough leave - what is it all about?
#Employment

Furlough leave has not been defined by UK statute (yet). However, it is essentially a new mechanism that the UK government has implemented to avoid employers making employees redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic....

Mar
23
2020

Chancellors Announcement
#Employment

The Chancellor has announced the government package to support jobs and incomes during the public health emergency caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. ...

Mar
19
2020

Coronavirus- Factsheet for Employees
#Employment

We are in unprecedented times. The Government has advised measures of social distancing including the avoidance of bars, pubs and restaurants. Thousands of businesses will be forced to close due to a downturn in trade or staff being off unwell or in isolation.We all need to pull together and think flexibly and sustainably. This will have to be a group effort. Employees may need to agree a reduction in pay now to try and retain their roles in the long run. Businesses may have to make redundancies and conduct redundancy processes over a very short space of time to try and stay afloat....

Mar
19
2020

Does the zero in 50 stand for zero hours?
#Employment

A recent analysis of figures produced by the Office of National Statistics shows that there has been a significant increase in the number of 50 plus year olds who are on zero-hours contracts. ...

Mar
19
2020

COVID-19 Amendment to the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982
#Employment

On the 13th April 2020 the Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 comes into force. This follows the announcements from Rishi Sunak’s inaugural budget outlined earlier this week; “the best way to support people is to protect their jobs – and we do that by supporting our businesses”. ...

Mar
18
2020

IR35 changes delayed to April 2021
#Employment

It was announced yesterday that the changes to IR35 legislation due to come into force in April this year have been delayed......

Mar
13
2020

PM’s briefing: impact on employers
#Employment

The Prime Minister confirmed that the UK will be moving into the ‘delay phase’ of its plan to tackle coronavirus. ...

Mar
12
2020

The Budget 2020 – Employment Law Round Up
#Employment

There were a number of measures introduced in the budget to try to protect businesses and employees against the impact of Coronavirus. ...

Mar
12
2020

Rare IR35 win for HMRC ahead of April changes
#Employment

In Northern Lights Solutions Ltd v HMRC, a contractor has lost his appeal against a tax bill of £70,000 after the Tribunal ruled the “overarching degree of control” meant he was a “disguised employee”....

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