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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. ...

Sep
18
2020

A step in the right direction for gender fluidity in landmark discrimination case
#Employment

Non-binary engineer, Rose Taylor had been subjected to bullying and harassment at the hands of work colleagues and faced a lack of support from management at Jaguar Land Rover. ...

Sep
17
2020

State pension age increase not indirect discrimination
#Employment

The Court of Appeal (“CoA”) has confirmed that the decision to raise the state pension age for women, to match that of men, does not amount to unlawful discrimination, under either EU law or the Human Rights Convention....

Sep
09
2020

The scale of errors and fraud in the furlough scheme
#Employment

To date, under the coronavirus job retention scheme the government has paid £35 billion to employers to cover furlough payments....

Sep
09
2020

Redundancy - reasonableness is judged on whether dismissal could be avoided
#Employment

In the recent case of Aramark (UK) Limited v Fernades, the EAT held that it was not unreasonable for an employer to decide not to include the Claimant on a list of bank workers in a redundancy situation. ...

Sep
03
2020

Re-Engagement may not be suitable if employer has lost trust in employee’s abilities
#Employment

In the case of Kelly v PGA, the EAT held that an employment tribunal was wrong to make an order of re-engagement as the employer had lost trust and confidence in an employee’s ability to carry out his role, and this belief was rationally held....

Sep
03
2020

Redundancy FAQs for employees
#Employment

I have only worked for my employer for a short time, am I entitled to redundancy pay?...

Aug
28
2020

Decision to suspend employee was “overly hasty”
#Employment

In Stothard v Durham University, the Claimant was suspended following media ...

Aug
26
2020

HMRC contacting employers who may have misused the CJRS Scheme
#Employment

It has been reported that from 20 August the HMRC has been issuing weekly letters to employers who it believes may have mistakenly claimed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ...

Aug
21
2020

Unusual circumstances allow a dismissal with no procedure.
#Employment

In Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that, in rare circumstances, an employee can be fairly dismissed without any procedure, including the absence of an appeal. ...

Aug
21
2020

Equal Pay: material factors don’t just evaporate
#Employment

In Walker v Co-operative Group Limited, the Claimant was promoted in early February 2014 to the role of Group Chief HR Officer, with a salary of £215,000. This was her first executive role at this level....

Aug
14
2020

ICO Fines – Don’t fall foul of the rules
#Employment

Back in March, Cathay Pacific were fined £500,000 for failing to protect the security of its customers’ personal data....

Aug
12
2020

Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements and NDA’s – has anything changed?
#Employment

It is well known that a select number of individuals and companies used confidential clauses in Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and Settlement Agreements to prevent the reporting of misconduct to organisations ...

Aug
12
2020

The Increased Prevalence of Settlement Agreements
#Employment

A settlement agreement is a contract entered into by an employer and employee whereby the employee agrees to waive certain claims they may have in return for some form of consideration. Usually the agreement will involve an end to the employment relationship but not always. ...

Aug
11
2020

Furlough: Report suggests continued working and lack of equality
#Employment

The Guardian has reported that, according to a recent report, two thirds of workers continued to work whilst they were furloughed, contrary to the rules of the scheme. Of these, 22% of men and 17% of women said that they were formally asked to continue working by their employer....

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