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Apr
09
2021

Data protection monthly overview
#Employment #Data Protection

In this month’s Data Protection Round-Up: a lack of awareness for the Children’s Code, new ICO guidance is in the offing and the Government’s Digital Markets Unit takes shape. ...

Apr
07
2021

April updates to payment rates and compensation limits
#Employment

Employers must keep in mind recent increases to the financial thresholds used for various employment law calculations – including a week’s pay in statutory redundancy payments and pay rates for sickness and family-related absences....

Apr
01
2021

Sleep-in workers not entitled to national minimum wage when sleeping
#Employment

In the recent case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake & others, the Supreme Court had to decide how sleep in workers’ working time should be calculated for the National Minimum Wage (NMW)....

Mar
26
2021

Asda Workers Win Supreme Court decision in latest appeal
#Employment

The Supreme Court in their judgment this morning have ruled that Asda shop workers, who are predominantly female, can compare themselves to their colleagues who work in Asda distribution centres, who are predominantly male, in their equal pay claim. For equal pay claims, the comparator the claimant relies on must be employed by the same employer either at the same establishment, or at a different establishment with ‘common terms’. ...

Mar
26
2021

Settlement agreements without prejudice
#Employment

This year many businesses may sadly have to start selecting some employees for redundancy as furlough leave becomes more expensive and finally ends. Alternatively, managers and HR departments may have to pick up those outstanding performance or conduct issues as furloughed employees return to work. ...

Mar
25
2021

Uber judgement set to shift the gig-economy for delivery companies
#Employment

Uber’s announcement about how it will pay its drivers following the Supreme Court decision last month has produced much discussion. ...

Mar
18
2021

Coronavirus shielding for the most vulnerable to end
#Employment

On 17 March, the Government wrote to those who are categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable to advise them that from 1 April 2021 they no longer needed shield. ...

Mar
18
2021

A more flexible working future?
#Employment

The Minister for Women & Equalities, Liz Truss, has called on employers to make flexible working the standard as the UK recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Mar
16
2021

Tax implications of working from home
#Employment

Employees working from home regularly may be able to benefit from certain tax exemptions, although this cannot be where they are working informally, HMRC guidance has confirmed that if an employee is working from home due to COVID-19, the definition of a homeworking arrangement for tax purposes, will be met for this period. ...

Mar
08
2021

Dismissing employee for not wearing face mask was fair
#Employment #Health & Safety

The employment tribunal in Kubilius v Kent Food Ltd ET 3201960/2020 has given judgment on whether dismissing an employee on the grounds of gross misconduct, for not wearing a face mask, was fair. ...

Mar
08
2021

International Women’s Day – Choose to Challenge
#Employment #International Women’s Day

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChoosetoChallenge. This is a call not just to women, but to people of any gender to challenge the barriers to gender equality in society, wherever they exist, and to use any privilege or influence they may have to further the cause of gender equality. ...

Mar
03
2021

Furlough scheme extended until 30 September 2021
#Employment

The Government has confirmed that the furlough scheme will be extended for a further 5 months and will now end on 30 September 2021. ...

Mar
03
2021

EU data transfers – good news for UK?
#Employment #Brexit #Data Protection

With the understandable focus on measures to ease lockdown, keeping up with data protection announcements is unlikely to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. ...

Feb
26
2021

Are your employment contracts up to date and legally compliant?
#Employment

On 6 April 2020, the law relating to employment contracts changed. It now requires further information to be included in contracts and for this to be given to all employees AND workers no later than day one of work. ...

Feb
26
2021

HMRC loses IR35 appeal in freelance journalist case
#Employment

HMRC have lost their appeal against a ruling which found that the journalist and broadcaster, Kay Adams, was not in a ‘disguised’ employment relationship with the BBC when she was providing her services via her personal service company.  ...

Feb
24
2021

‘No Jab No Job’ contracts – are they legal?
#Employment #Health & Safety #Podcasts and Webinars

You may have seen our previous blog on rolling out vaccination programmes for employees. The debate on whether the workforce should be vaccinated continues at a pace in the press, where we have seen Barchester Healthcare join Pimlico Plumbers in considering all new recruits having to be vaccinated as a requirement of the role....

Feb
19
2021

Uber’s argument that its drivers are self-employed runs out of road
#Employment

As expected, the Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the decisions of the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal  and  Court of Appeal that the Uber drivers in this case were workers and not self-employed contractors.  ...

Feb
18
2021

HRMC briefing on how to avoid IR35 penalties
#Employment

On 15 February 2021 HMRC published its policy paper explaining how it intends to help and support organisations which must comply with changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35)....

Feb
18
2021

‘Stale’ equalities training no defence to race claim
#Employment

The case of Allay (UK) Ltd v Gehlen, is a stark warning to employers not to rely on ‘stale’ or ‘ineffective’ equal opportunities and anti-harassment training as a defence to claims of unlawful discrimination. ...

Feb
18
2021

Getting ahead with ethnicity pay gap reporting
#Employment #Data Protection

Mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting could become the norm, as calls for its introduction intensify. ...

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