Employment Law Updates
Return to work from Covid closed workplaces
Covid unlocking. How do employers handle this when its recommendations rather than rules? This week we see an end to the general restrictions which have been gradually melting away over the past months. However you personally feel about it, the approach of using recommendations rather than rules leaves a certain...
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Employment Law Updates
Reminder of changes to employer’s furlough scheme contributions
Employers should be aware that the contributions they are required to make under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as furlough) change from next month. This change in contributions was part of the Chancellor’s announcement in March when the furlough scheme was extended. From 1 July, employers will be...
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Employment Law Updates
Confusion over Furlough scheme for self-isolating staff
The BBC have reported that the government has deliberately left vague whether staff can be placed on furlough during self-isolation. We offer no opinion on whether this is deliberate, but confirm it is vague. In order to try to offer clarity, we believe the situation is as follows: It is...
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Redundancy is no joke
Being an employment lawyer, one realizes that occasionally we are in a privileged position, sharing in times of crisis, as well as times of great stress for business owners and employees alike. To this end we experience the best and worst of human behaviour. Downright low-down cruelty, and sometimes the...
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Employment Law Updates
Changes to IR35 payroll working rules.
The IR35 regulations have been around for some time but until this year only applied to the public sector. From 6 April 2021 the IR35 off payroll working rules have been extended into the private sector and we have seen an increase in clients seeking advice over the last few...
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Employment Law Updates
New Rates of National Minimum Wage
A brief reminder of forthcoming increases to the National Minimum Wage and other employment rates From 1 April 2021, the National Minimum Wage increases as follows: Rates 2020 2021 National Living Wage (now age 23+) £8.72 £8.91 Adult rate (now age 21-22) £8.20 £8.36 Development rate (age 18-20) £6.45 £6.56...
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Employment Law Updates
Shielding and the extremely vulnerable.
As of 1stApril the clinically extremely vulnerable are not required to shield and are no longer entitled to SSP for doing so. The letter being sent out by the Department of Health and Social Care advises that the rules of lockdown continue to apply, and that employers are obliged to...
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Employment Law Updates
Uber and self employed status.
There is some confusion both in the news, and amongst business owners about what the situation is concerning so called “self-employed” staff, and the minimum wage, and paid holidays. While the legal test is a little more complicated, (only a little) there is a simple scenario which will help employers...
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Employment Law Updates
Furlough scheme extended
This update is written and posted on 3rd March 2021 and will quickly become out of date once further details are known. We will endeavour to update it as soon as information becomes available. The Chancellor has today announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as furlough) will...
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Employment Law Updates
Right to work checks.
Employers will be familiar with the need to complete right to works checks, which continue to be required following Brexit. In short, employers must carry out checks in respect of all new employees or workers, regardless of nationality. They must see original documentation proving the right to work in the...
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