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
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
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
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
Reference Salary for Job Support Scheme
This update is written and posted on Monday 26th October 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.   Just as the furlough scheme imposed a cap on what could be claimed, the...
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Employment Law Updates
Further expansion of Job Support Scheme
This update is written and posted on Thursday 22nd October 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. Following criticism that the Job Support Scheme did not provide support for those businesses in...
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Employment Law Updates
Expansion of Job Support Scheme
This update is written and posted on Monday 12th October 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.   In advance of the Government’s announcement today as to the three tier system for...
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