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Jun
18
2020

Guidance on Flexible Furlough Released
#Employment

From 1 July 2020, employers will be able to bring back furloughed employees on “flexible furlough” agreements. ...

Jun
18
2020

Are Tribunal Fees Coming Back?
#Employment

According to the Times this week, the government has asked the Law Commission to help design a lawful system for charging employment tribunal fees....

Jun
15
2020

Employment COVID-19 Update: Employers Contribute to Furlough From Next Month
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Just before the weekend, the Government released new guidance, updated existing guidance and released a policy paper on how the coronavirus job retention scheme, better known as the furlough scheme, will change from 1 July 2020....

Jun
12
2020

Home Working: Employer's Health and Safety Obligations towards their Employees
#Employment

Employers in the UK have a legal obligation to ensure employees’ health, safety and welfare at work, as far as reasonably practicable. This includes home workers. The Government’s advice remains that those who can work from home should continue to do so. To ensure businesses meet their statutory obligation under health and safety legislation...

Jun
10
2020

Employment COVID-19 Update: Furlough Deadlines and Anticipated Guidance
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The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or Furlough Scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3-week period prior to 30 June. ...

Jun
10
2020

Dismissal based on Marriage Breakdown could be Marriage Discrimination
#Employment

In the recent case of Gould v St John’s Downshire Hill, the EAT had to decide if the dismissal of a church minister relating to his marriage breaking down was discrimination on the grounds of marriage. ...

Jun
05
2020

Beneficial contract changes made prior to TUPE transfer were void
#Employment

It is well established that contract changes made solely (or principally) because of a TUPE transfer will be void....

Jun
04
2020

Employee succeeds in whistleblowing claim following complaint about offensive “banter”
#Employment

The Claimant in Robinson v Mind Monmouthshire Ltd made a complaint after a colleague performed an offensive impression of a physically disabled person. ...

May
31
2020

Government has announced specific changes to the furlough scheme
#Employment

The level of government support is unchanged until 31 July....

May
29
2020

Return to work considerations for employers: health and safety, duty of care and whistleblowing claims
#Employment

With increased easing of lockdown measures expected from next week, and businesses beginning to re-open, the inevitable employment law implications will arise from returning to work and ensuring that staff are safe....

May
28
2020

Test and trace: isolation, sick pay and furlough
#Employment

As of today, in England and Scotland, test and trace programmes have been introduced (28 May 2020), although there are no current plans to test those without symptoms and the government lead for the programme in ......

May
28
2020

Unofficial work before start date not counted towards continuous employment
#Employment

In O’Sullivan v DSM Demolition Ltd, the Claimant’s contract of employment recorded a start date of 2 November 2015, ...

May
28
2020

ACAS publishes new guidance on mental health during Coronavirus
#Employment

Accompanying their recently commissioned YouGov survey, ACAS has published workplace guidance aimed at assisting staff manage their mental health at work. ...

May
20
2020

Settlement Agreements and Confidentiality Clauses
#Employment

The High Court, ruling in Duchy Farm Kennels v Steels, has confirmed that an employer cannot avoid paying sums due under a settlement agreement (where the employee is suspected of breaching the confidentiality clause) unless confidentiality is actually a condition of the agreement....

May
20
2020

Employers to recover COVID-19 related SSP
#Employment

From 26 May 2020, small- and medium-sized employers will be able to recover some coronavirus-related SSP from HMRC. ...

May
14
2020

Settlement Agreements - What Are They?
#Employment

A settlement agreement (or compromise agreement as it used to be known) is a contract between an employee and employer....

May
14
2020

Furlough Scheme Extended to October
#Employment

In his address to the House of Commons at lunchtime today, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until October....

May
14
2020

ACAS Updates Grievance and Disciplinary Advice
#Employment

Acas has published new guidance on how employers should conduct disciplinary and grievance procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance emphasises that all previous guidance, such as the Acas Code of Practice will continue to apply, and that the new guidance hopes to assist in instances where employees have been furloughed, where workplaces are inaccessible, or where employees are working from home....

May
11
2020

Government slowly changes Lockdown Tack.
#Employment

At 7pm last night Boris Johnson addressed the nation on how the lockdown may be lifted. Whilst the Prime Minister regularly stated that any easing of restrictions would be at a snail’s pace, ...

May
07
2020

Returning to Work – the Health and Safety implications of Covid-19
#Employment

On Sunday 10 May 2020, the Government is expected to announce some easing to the current lockdown measures, which could include some professions being permitted to return to work. ...

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