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It is time to refresh HR policies and practices for 2021

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2020 was a tumultuous year with employers having to respond rapidly to the challenges of the pandemic. Culturally the world has shifted too, with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing momentum to improving equality and diversity at work. The end of the...

Post-termination restrictive covenants - could these be banned?

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This is unlikely but The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued a consultation paper on proposed measures to reform post-termination restrictive covenants, namely to ban them or pay remuneration during the restricted period...

Employees with health affected by Coronavirus can be furloughed

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Updated guidance has now been issued by the HMRC which confirms that employees whose health has been affected by coronavirus or any other conditions, including if they are unable to work from home or work reduced hours can be furloughed.  This is not...

Furlough Scheme extended

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It’s official, the Furlough Scheme has now been extended until the end of April 2021 and the Government will continue to pay 80% of wages until the end of the Scheme (so this will not be reduced at the end of January 2021). For more information on the...

Working from home: wellbeing and mental health of employees

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While some people are enjoying working from home, this is not the case for everyone and the negative impacts over several months are taking a toll on some employees.  ‘Employers are unsure of their responsibilities for mental health and how to...

Workers also get protection from suffering a detriment on health and safety grounds including the right to be provided with PPE!

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Workers (not just employees) should also get protection from suffering a detriment on health and safety grounds including the right to be provided with personal protective equipment (“PPE”) held the High Court in the case of The Independent...

New rules on ACAS Early Conciliation

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New rules on ACAS Early Conciliation come into force today. There is now a six-week window to undertake this process (rather than a one-month process, with a possible extension of a further two weeks).  This means you get a six-week window to try and...

7 pitfalls to avoid when making redundancies

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As the Chancellor’s coronavirus job retention scheme enters its final phase and the prospect of a return to normal business seems distant for many companies, employers are having to contemplate redundancies if they are to keep their business...

Latest Furlough Guidance for Employers

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The Government have now released guidance for the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which essentially highlights that employers: Can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month; ...

Can you discipline staff members or even dismiss them for having a workplace relationship?

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On Monday it was confirmed that McDonald’s Chief Executive (Steve Easterbrook) had been dismissed for violating company policy because he had “demonstrated poor judgement involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee”. So, is...

Do you have the right to time off work when a family member or a pet dies?

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In recent news, Emma McNulty (18) was sacked from her job for taking a day off work when her beloved family dog sadly died. This has caused much discussion in the media about the right to time off work, particularly when suffering a bereavement. So do you...

ACAS Report demonstrates effectiveness of Early Concilliation process

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ACAS has recently published their annual report which confirms that the number of Early Conciliation cases has risen by 20% since last year, with just over a quarter of those cases going to the Employment Tribunal.  This report clearly demonstrates that...

Covert Recordings

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Can you discipline an employee for making a covert recording? The simple answer is yes! In the recent case of Phoenix House Limited v Stockman heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, it was confirmed that it is best practice for both employers and...

10 things you should know at an Employment Tribunal

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1. What are Employment Tribunals?  Employment Tribunals are independent judicial bodies who resolve disputes between employers and employees over employment rights. They will hear claims such as unfair dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination,...

Shared Parental Leave

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Does it amount to discrimination if an employer enhances maternity pay but does not enhance pay for those taking shared parental leave?   No, held the Court of Appeal in the case of Capita v Ali and Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire...

Could this be the biggest reform employment law has seen in the last 20 years?

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New proposals issued by the Government to protect workers following Matthew Taylor’s Good Work Review.  Could this be the biggest reform employment law has seen in the last 20 years yet? Proposals include workers’ rights (not just employees)...

Uber drivers get an early Christmas present

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Uber drivers get an early Christmas present and win Court of Appeal case!  After an ongoing battle to obtain basic employment rights, Uber drivers have finally been declared “Workers” thereby entitling them to the minimum wage and holiday...

On the up after the Unison judgment?

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Back in July, the Supreme Court removed the requirement to pay a fee in order to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Recent statistics from the Employment Tribunal show that the number of cases received by Employment Tribunals rose by 90% to...

Employment Autumn update

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Employment Tribunal fees – refund scheme open to all If you paid Tribunal fees between 2013 and 2017, you can now reclaim these.   There is an “online form” to fill in (...

Applying for a refund for Tribunal fees - details announced

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You may recall that, in July this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Employment Tribunal fees imposed by the Government in 2013 were unlawful.  The Government has therefore committed to refund all fees paid by Claimants.  For some Claimants,...

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