Employment Law Updates
Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
Following the New Year, employers are now thinking about the year ahead. As well as having to continue to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic on top of the usual concerns of running a business, there is the additional bank holiday to consider this year and we have already had questions...
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Employment Law Updates
Temporary Changes To Statutory Sick Pay Doctors Note Requirements.
Up until now, a doctor’s note has been required for absences that exceed 7 days. When we say required, because SSP is paid by employers now and not the state, we mean that employers are entitled to demand a doctor’s note. Pressure on GP Surgeries means the government have relaxed...
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Employment Law Updates
Workplace Lockdown?
New rules, known as Plan B come into effect on this coming Monday. That is, work from home where you can. Wear face masks except where it is impractical to do so. It’s easy to complain that we are once again left to interpret ambiguous rules but we probably all...
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Employment Law Updates
Homeworking and Document Security
In the week that we have National Shred Day, we’re receiving reports of the Information Commissioner’s Office upholding a complaint against an employer who failed to dispose of sensitive data securely where an employee was working from home. This is a reminder to all employers who now allow homeworking to...
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Employment Law Updates
Indirect sex discrimination and sex workers
BOUNCE BACK LOANS FOR SEX WORKERS AND INDIRECT SEX DISCRIMINATION This matter is being highlighted to remind businesses that sex discrimination can arise in many ways, without it ever being the intention. We will try to avoid the puerile humour which can place “bounce back” and “sex worker” in the same...
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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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