Employment Law

CJRS & Flexible Furloughing

Employers will be familiar with the Guidance issued by Gov.UK regarding furlough leave, but may be finding that Guidance increasingly difficult to follow given the changes and updates that are taking place. We have summarised what you need to know as we head in to a period of 'Flexible Furloughing.

COVID-19 - Job Retention Scheme Update 1st of June

By Angela West , 1st June 2020 Rishi Sunak has announced reforms to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, including improved flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part-time in July. The Scheme has so far helped a million employers across the UK...

COVID-19 CRJS Update & What might trigger the need for Collective Consultation

By Angela West - Friday the 22nd of May The Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the economy both within the UK and globally.  When we think of great British commercial institutions, you may well think of British Airways or...

COVID-19 & CJRS Extension Until October

We all read the news yesterday about the Government proposals to extend the current Furlough Leave under the Coronovirus Job Retention Scheme until October 2020.  Reports which we have read further suggest that the extension to the Furlough Leave Scheme might enable some employees to return to work on a part-time basis.

COVID-19 & The CJRS, An Update

By Angela West , 4th May 2020 With the Government advising that we have now hopefully reached the peak in this terrible pandemic, and with many employees and employers getting used to the new “norm” of working life, whether this be working from...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme On-line Portal

By Angela West , 20th April 2020 With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme On-line Portal going live today, we thought we would share with you as part of our ongoing updates, some of the changes which have been announced over the course of the weekend. ...

COVID-19 & Furlough Leave - An Update

As part of our ongoing updates to our clients regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and more particularly the furloughing of employees, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has now issued a formal Direction to HMRC.

The Direction requires HMRC to be responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Scheme.

National Minimum Wage Increases

On the 1st April 2020 the Government confirmed an increase to the National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage.

COVID-19 & The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Previously we were advised that an employer could only reclaim 80% of the employee’s basic salary.  However, this has now changed and an employer can reclaim 80% of basic salary and compulsory commission.  By compulsory commission it is presumed that this is meant contractual commission. 

Coronavirus Act 2020- Clarification on Furlough Leave

By Angela West In our article yesterday we confirmed that the Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent, but given that the legislation had been pushed through in just over a week, there were many outstanding questions as to how the Coronavirus Job...

The Coronavirus Act 2020

This historic bill received Royal Assent on 25th March 2020.  We are in truly unchartered waters, and whilst it would usually take years for a bill to become enacted into legislation, this Act took just over a week.       

Coronavirus and Furlough Leave

By Angela West The Government’s recent announcement to introduce “Furlough Leave” will have come as a huge sigh of relief for many employers and employees alike.  It is very much a changing landscape and one that we are...

Coronavirus: Closing the workplace, lay-offs and working from home

By Louis Mancini  With the Coronavirus forcing more and more companies to take steps to deal with this unprecedented situation, temporary closure of the workplace is an option some employers may have to take to ensure the longevity of their...

Coronavirus - Workplace Rights and Business Planning

Discover more about what to do if an employee decides to self-isolate, travels to a coronavirus infected region, takes time off for dependents and much more.

With trillions allegedly wiped off the global stock market, the UK Chief Medical Officer raising the risk to public from low to moderate and today’s sad news about the  collapse of British airline, Flybe, it is essential that businesses take action now to prepare for this.

Can and does "reverse discrimination" exist and what does it mean?

The Equality Act 2010 and the legislation before it is an attempt to prevent people being subjected to detrimental treatment in the workplace (and elsewhere) on account of a characteristic which they have or which is special to them.  Currently the...

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

We are often asked if such testing is lawful.  Like most things if the action is not proscribed by law and the individual consents then the proposed action is lawful. So providing the employer goes about testing in the right way all will be fine. The...

Can the suspension of an employee give rise to a claim for breach of implied trust and confidence?

The short answer is maybe! It has long been the staple line in every letter suspending an employee that the suspension is a 'neutral act', it is not a disciplinary act, nor does it imply any evidence of guilt. Where an employee is suspected of...

Government Proposals to change Non Disclosure and Settlement Agreements

Recently Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) have suffered an extremely bad press.  This is particularly the case in the context of the hashtag 'Me Too' movement and the alleged (we use that word advisably) sexual impropriety and attempted cover...

The Biggest Reform of Employment Law in 20 years

"The Biggest Reform of Employment Law in 20 years"…….. and what to look out for in 2019. The "Good Work Plan", which has recently been published by the Government, has been hailed by some commentators to bring about...

Obesity as a Disability?

As part of World Obesity Day a campaign has been launched to end the stigma of obesity.   Whilst obesity in itself is not specified as a protected characteristic within The Equality Act 2010, the effects or causes of obesity may well result in an...

Hidden Disabilities - How aware are you as an employer?

Most employers are aware of their legal obligations under the Equality Act, and would not blatantly discriminate against an employee who has a disability. When the disability is a physical one, it is usually more obvious to the employer, but mental...

GDPR How's it all going? An Update 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation came into force on the 25th May 2018 amongst much fanfare and the UK's new Data Protection Act 2018 arrived on the same date with a little squeak.  The purpose of the GDPR from Brussels was to update and...

National Living Wage Increase April 2019

National Living Wage Increase - Great news for employees, but what about employers? Chancellor Philip Hammond recently delivered the Autumn 2018 budget.  Within his budget he included measures to follow the recommendations made by the Low Pay...

Love is in the Air at Work...

If you are a hopeless romantic, the prospect of 2 work colleagues getting together, falling in love and living happily ever after is a fairy tale come true.  As we spend much of our adult life in work, romantic relationships between colleagues is...

Can you be liable as an employer for the actions of one of your employees

"Tis the season to be jolly" - but can you be liable as an employer for the actions of one of your employees?

The sobering answer to this question is potentially yes.  This very issue has recently been tested by the Court of Appeal in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited.

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