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
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This update is written and posted on 3rd March 2021 and will quickly become out of date once further details are known.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
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 deadline tomorrow for employers to backdate arrangements
The new extended Furlough Scheme runs on very similar lines to the last scheme, except that HMRC are beginning to toughen up on its use, and seek out its abuse. IN ORDER TO QUALIFY there must be a contractually binding agreement in place. It need not be in writing, but...
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Employment Law Updates
COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY RISK TO EMPLOYERS
As a firm, we are seeing two unforeseen consequences of COVID-19 emerging which are placing a risk to employers which needs to be treated seriously. The first risk is where disgruntled employees are now being made redundant, or treated in a way that is unsatisfactory, and consequently revealing that they...
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Employment Law Updates
Furlough scheme extended
This update is written and posted on Monday 2nd November 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 Government has announced a month-long lockdown, starting this Thursday 5th November. Importantly for businesses...
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Employment Law Updates
Job Retention Bonus
The Job Retention Bonus was announced at the end of July, full guidance has just been published. The bonus is a one-off £1,000 payment for every employee who was furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and remains employed continuously until 31 January 2021. It can also be claimed for...
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Employment Law Updates
HOLIDAY QUARANTINE
UK Citizens returning to the UK from Spain are now told that they must self isolate for 2 weeks. With the change in rules, some employers are asking what their obligations are to employees who cannot return after holiday until two weeks self isolation has expired. The employer has flexibility...
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