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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....

Nov
18
2020

New ruling lends helping hand to employers balancing budgets
#Employment

2020 is likely to be a year of financial constraints for many businesses. Therefore, the recent Court of Appeal decision in Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice [2020] could be good news for employers seeking to justify indirect discrimination as a biproduct of a short-term need to reduce expenditure. ...

Nov
12
2020

Time to update your social media policy?
#Employment #Data Protection

In light of the new social media guidance the BBC imposed on its own employees, employers should be carefully considering whether or not their own social media policy sufficiently protects their interests....

Nov
05
2020

Enhanced redundancy packages explained
#Employment

The first payment to include in a redundancy package is the statutory redundancy payment. This must be paid to all eligible employees and the amount is set by legislation. Other mandatory payments on termination would also include accrued but untaken annual leave and unpaid wages. Some employers, where the contract allows, may make a payment in lieu of notice....

Nov
05
2020

Tax implications of home working: equipment
#Employment

When the UK went into lockdown in March, no one anticipated that we would be entering another in November. Again we have been told that those that can, must work from home. With the second lockdown starting today, many employees that had put-off purchasing home office equipment first time round, with the hope of returning to the office, may now be changing their minds....

Oct
30
2020

Job Support Scheme (JSS) Open and JSS Closed: How will this work?
#Employment

The Government has injected further money into the Job Support Scheme (JSS) and modified the Scheme for businesses forced to close by under government lockdown orders (JSS closed) and for those still managing to operate but facing decreased demand (JSS Open)....

Oct
29
2020

Warning to employers not to ignore gender and ethnicity pay gaps as new Equal Pay Bill proposed
#Employment

If it becomes law the new bill would require more employers to comply with gender pay gap reporting and report on ethnicity pay gaps for the first time. It could also give female and BME employees the right to know what their male or non BME colleagues are paid. ...

Oct
26
2020

ICO Updates Right of Access Guidance
#Data Protection #Employment

Following extensive consultation that began in December 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has finally published their updated guidance on the Right of Access, namely the ability for an individual to submit a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) to a processor of their personal data. ...

Oct
22
2020

Major changes to Job Support Scheme: could it now work for your business?
#Employment

The Chancellor has today announced welcome major changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS). The changes mean the scheme is likely to be worth considering for many more employers....

Oct
22
2020

When working from home means working from abroad: considerations for employers
#Employment

Working from home is the new normal for many. Some employers have been flexible in their approach to what “at home” means in reality. As long as the job is being done, does is matter where it’s being done from?...

Oct
22
2020

Self-Isolation and Sick Pay
#Employment

With the high and rising number of employees needing to self-isolate while awaiting coronavirus (COVID-19) test results, businesses need to understand their sick pay obligations....

Oct
19
2020

£40,000 in penalties for failure to inform and consult
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Verizon European Works Council v Verizon Group highlights the risk of bypassing established statutory mechanisms for informing and consulting with the workforce. Where these arrangements are national works councils or European Works Councils (EWCs), this can lead to penalties of up to £75,000....

Oct
15
2020

Update: Oxford University to pay professor forced to retire at 68
#Employment

The employment tribunal also ordered Oxford to reinstate the professor after he won his claims for age discrimination and unfair dismissal. ...

Oct
15
2020

The Expanded Job Support Scheme: Extra cash for businesses forced to close by new lockdowns
#Employment

The Job Support Scheme, initially announced on the 24th September, was expanded by the Chancellor on the 9th October 2020. The expanded scheme, formally known as the “Job Support Scheme Expansion for Closed Business Premises” is intended to support businesses that are legally required to close due to local or national coronavirus restrictions. As with the Job Support Scheme, the expanded scheme starts on November 1st and runs for 6 months....

Oct
12
2020

CBI gets set to launch Change the Race Ratio campaign - what does the Equality Act 2010 say about positive action in the workplace?
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

At the end of October, the Confederation of British Industry will be launching a campaign to increase racial and ethnic participation in British businesses. Last week Legal and General Investment Manager (the UK’s biggest fund manager) warned FTSE 100 companies that it would openly vote against the re-election of a Board’s Chair if it failed to include at least one black, Asian or other ethnic minority (BME) member on its board by January 2022. Around 37% of FTSE 100 companies currently have all white boards....

Oct
12
2020

School worker’s LGBTQ+ related social media activity justifies sacking
#Employment

A teacher who brought discrimination and harassment claims against her ex-employer has had her case rejected by the Bristol Employment Tribunal....

Oct
08
2020

Job retention bonus: will it tip the balance?
#Employment

This month, the government has confirmed the details of the coronavirus job retention bonus (JRB) scheme. ...

Oct
08
2020

Equality Act – 10 years later
#Employment

The Equality Act 2010 was designed to simplify and strengthen protection from discrimination, and support progress towards equality. ...

Oct
07
2020

£32.1m fine for employee surveillance
#Data Protection #Employment

Following an investigation by the Data Protection Authority of Hamburg, fashion retailer H&M has been fined the equivalent of £32.1m for illegally monitoring of its employees....

Oct
05
2020

Update: employment tribunal orders Jaguar Land Rover to pay gender-fluid worker £180,000 in compensation
#Employment

Having won her claims for harassment, direct discrimination and victimisation, non-binary ex-employee Rose Taylor was awarded £180,000 in damages at the remedy hearing which was held on Friday 2nd October....

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