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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

Government announces biggest funding commitment to affordable housing in a decade
#Real Estate

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has launched a programme which will see billions of pounds invested in affordable housing which will not only help the country ‘build back better’ but will also make it easier for the next generation to get a foot on the property ladder....

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
16
2020

Mixed response to the rumoured ban on evictions until the end of the year
#Real Estate

The Government is reportedly rumoured to be preparing to extend the ban on evictions for those in the hospitality and retail sectors until the end of the year, with an official announcement to follow as early as next week....

Sep
15
2020

New revolving fund for SME residential developers
#Real Estate

The Government has announced a new £25m revolving fund for small and medium-sized (SME) residential developers to ‘grow and deliver more homes at pace’....

Sep
10
2020

Final dates for payment linked to invoices no longer permitted
#Construction

The TCC’s recent decision in Rochford Construction Ltd v Kilhan Construction Ltd found that final dates for payment must be a fixed period of time from the due date for payment under a construction contract. ...

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
09
2020

Publication of government’s draft Building Safety Bill
#Construction #Real Estate

At the end of July the government published its draft ‘Building Safety Bill’ (the “Bill”) which housing secretary Robert Jenrick has described as the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”. ...

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

UK Immigration from 2021: Summary of key changes
#Immigration

The UK immigration system will face its most significant change in recent history from 1 January 2021. The changes will impact most sectors in the UK. In this blog we have a brief look at the key changes to expect....

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

Immigration Update UKVCAS IDV App released
#Immigration

The UK Visas & Immigration service continues to face a backlog owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. Since the reopening of centres in June ...

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....

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