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This update is written and posted on 3rd March 2021 and will quickly become out of date once further details are known.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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The EU settlement scheme
On 31 December 2020 the Brexit transition period ended, meaning that the UK is no longer bound by EU law. There are no immediate changes to employment law as all EU employment law had been transposed into UK law prior to Brexit taking effect. However, the end of the transition...
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Employment Law Updates
Can employers or employees insist on vaccination against Covid-19 as a requirement to work?
We have already received enquiries from employers asking whether they can insist on employees being vaccinated against Covid-19 and either not employing or dismissing those who refuse. There is not currently any legal requirement for people to have the Covid-19 vaccination, and we would be surprised if it became mandatory....
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Employment Law Updates
Furlough for shielding employees and those caring for others.
There have been an increased number of queries recently concerning whether furlough payments are available in relation to employees who are shielding due to being extremely vulnerable, and those who have to stay at home to care for others. Updated guidance by HMRC states that the answer is YES, such...
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Employment Law Updates
Return to lockdown
England and Scotland have returned to lockdown today, with the instruction being given that those who can should work from home. Also those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should shield again. As a reminder, the furlough scheme is still available although if businesses are furloughing staff they must have this...
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Employment Law Updates
Furlough scheme extended
This update is written and posted on 18th December 2020 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 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as furlough), previously due to end on 31...
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