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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 Tact.
#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. ...

May
07
2020

Preparing for the post-lockdown workplace
#Employment

With a “roadmap” to lead the UK out of the lockdown due to be set out by the Prime Minister on 10 May 2020, employers across the country are now facing the question of how to safely reopen their workplaces......

May
06
2020

Self-employed delivery driver may not be worker under Working Time Directive
#Employment

In B v Yodel Delivery Network Ltd, the ECJ needed to consider whether a self-employed delivery driver could be a worker under the Working Time Directive......

Apr
30
2020

Furlough parental pay calculated on usual earnings
#Employment

Furloughed employees due to take a period of paid family leave (such as maternity, adoption, etc) will be entitled to pay for this leave based on their usual earnings, not the amount they are receiving while furloughed. ...

Apr
30
2020

Off-payroll working and the need to treat people fairly
#Employment

This criticism is valid and will not be news to HR practitioners. Since the IR35 changes were introduced in the public sector in 2017, we have been advising on the need to consider whether contractors who are deemed to be employed for tax purposes should also be onboarded as employees....

Apr
29
2020

The Government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

At the beginning of this week, the chancellor announced a new scheme aimed at helping small to medium sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. ...

Apr
23
2020

Claimant secures £28k in race harassment claim
#Employment

In Sheun v Northern General Hospital, the Claimant’s colleague had mimicked a “stereotypical” ...

Apr
23
2020

Furlough Guidance Update as the Claims Portal Opens
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

The government appears to have a habit of changing and adapting its Coronavirus Job Retentions Scheme (better known as the Furlough Scheme) almost daily. ...

Apr
16
2020

Furlough Update: Government change calculation date to 19th March
#Employment #Podcasts and Webinars

There has been a total of four iterations of the Government’s guidance surrounding its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme......

Apr
16
2020

Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Engineer awarded £175,000 at Tribunal
#Employment

In Allen v Paradigm Precision Burnley Ltd and Carl Wheeler 2020, the claimant made enquiries about taking adoption leave as he and his husband wanted to start a family......

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......

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