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CJRS Update 1 December 2020: Holiday Pay


Holiday pay over the festive period You will be aware that furloughed employees continue to accrue leave as per their employment contract. However, please note that businesses can only place employees on furlough in circumstances where coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting your operations.…

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New time limits for furlough claims


The Government has changed the deadlines for employers lodging furlough claims with HMRC. Claims from 1 November 2020 must be submitted by 11.59pm 14 calendar days after the month you are claiming for. Claim for furlough days in Claim must be submitted by…

The Importance of Policies


CASE UPDATE: The Board of Governors of IQRA Community Primary School (Respondent) Ms F Mansur (Claimant) Background Ms Mansur was a Teaching Assistant at the Respondent school. The Claimants initial claim was direct sex/race discrimination, and unfair dismissal. There were…

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Job Support Scheme Update 22 October 2020


Big changes have just been announced by Rishi Sunak to the Job Support Scheme (JSS). The JSS is due to come into force in less than 2 weeks on 1 November 2020. As before, the JSS will be open to all small business and larger business who can show an impact on revenues and financial difficulty.…

Could potential changes to Modern Slavery Legislation affect Public Bodies?


The government has set out proposed changes to the requirements for transparency in supply chains under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. At present, certain commercial organisations must publish an annual statement setting out the steps they take to prevent modern slavery in their business and supply…

CJRS update: Job Retention Bonus


The Job Retention Bonus aims to reduce the scope for compulsory redundancies by rewarding employers who retain their furloughed employees. The bonus is a fixed £1,000 one-off taxable payment, payable to the employer, for each eligible employee that was furloughed and kept continuously employed…

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"Job Support Scheme" - The Winter Economy Plan


Rishi Sunak has today unveiled the Government's plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months following the announcement earlier this week, which warned Britons that restrictions could be in place for the next 6 months. The Chancellor confirmed that the current Coronavirus…

Changes to the Employment Tribunal Rules & tips for attending hearings


The Government has announced new reforms to the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure 2013, with the aim of increasing the employment tribunals' capacity to hear claims and ensure a speedier resolution of cases for businesses and employees. The main driving force behind the reforms is the…

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Employment case law updates you may have missed in July and August 2020


Below are a number of interesting and recent case law updates, on the issue of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and equal pay, which you may find relevant to your organisation. Unfair dismissal 23 July 2020: Evans v London Borough of Brent UKEAT/0290/19 Update: The…

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Jobs, jobs, Jobs measures proposed by Rishi Sunak


Rishi Sunak has today addressed the House of Commons with his plan to kickstart the UK economy again and protect the jobs of workers. The measures proposed by Rishi Sunak include the following: Bonuses for businesses that bring back furloughed workers The Chancellor announced that the…

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Reopening guidance for the Hospitality Sector


Following the long-awaited announcement that businesses in the hospitality sector can prepare to reopen from 4 July 2020, the government has published lengthy guidance to address safe working within the 'visitor economy' during coronavirus. In terms of what is meant by 'visitor economy…

Covid-19 and furlough: Chancellor confirms the final phases of the CJRS


On 12 May 2020, the Chancellor announced that the CJRS (the Scheme) was extended until the end of October 2020, but that the Scheme would continue in the normal way up until 31 July 2020. The Chancellor proposed that from August 2020, employers would be required to share the proportion of the wage…

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Safe Return to Work for the Construction Sector - what does this look like?


Following the announcement made by Boris Johnson on Sunday, employers across the construction sector are being faced with the difficult task of determining what in practical terms a safe return to work looks like. The message is clear that construction should continue if it cannot be reasonably done…

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus


The Government has recently produced guidance regarding holiday entitlement and the pay during coronavirus. The guidance has perhaps come slightly later than most employers would have hoped but thankfully there are no real surprises and is primarily clarifying issues that were already known. In…

Considerations for reopening the workplace following the easing of lockdown


How do you keep your workforce safe from a virus which has spread the globe on pandemic scales, leaving death and destruction in its wake? It is fair to say that last night's announcement has left those Britons desperately seeking respite from lockdown considerably underwhelmed but, now there…

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What does emergency volunteer leave mean for employers?


In the midst of a global crisis, with the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, many losing their loved ones, job losses, business closures, families and friends separated for an uncertain amount of time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless negative aspects of the…

Key Employment Law Changes: April 2020


As a reminder there are several employment law changes that came into force on 6 April 2020 - we summarise these below. The Government's Good Work Plan · Written statement of terms: workers rather than just employees now have the right to a written statement of particulars, which…

COVID-19 - Updated Guidance on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme


HMRC has, over the weekend, updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The updated guidance has provided some clarity to previously uncertain areas and has also confirmed a number of issues that were otherwise assumed to be the case. It has however changed some of the…

What employment lessons can you take away from the Tiger King


Hey you cool cats and kittens, its James Barron from Forbes Solicitors here to give you an update on what employment law issues you can take away from the Netflix sensation Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. If you have not seen Tiger King it primarily follows Joe Exotic, the Tiger King…

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Coronavirus Act 2020: Emergency Volunteer Leave


What is it? The Coronavirus Act 2020, which received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020 introduces the concept of an "emergency volunteer". The Prime Minister's address on 25 March 2020 praised the reaction of the British public after it was announced that in excess of 500,000 people…

COVID-19 and Apprenticeships


COVID-19 is resulting in difficult times for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, creating unprecedented and unique challenges to the usual quality and delivery of apprenticeships. The government is continuing to provide support and assistance, seeing the Education and Skills…

Coronavirus Bill - Emergency Volunteer Leave


The coronavirus bill has implemented emergency laws to contain the spread of COVID-19. The legislation covers areas such as the NHS, social care, schools, police, border force, local councils, funerals and courts. Today, 19 March 2020, the government have published the Emergency Coronavirus Bill to…

COVID-19 and the Justice System


The present circumstances On 18 March 2020, the Lord Chancellor affirmed that "the rule of law is vital to a functioning democracy and even at times like these, it is essential that our independent courts are able to administer justice." Whilst many public places have either been…

Proposed Extension of IR35 to be Delayed


In response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 the Government has announced that the roll out of IR35 to the private sector shall be delayed until the spring of 2021 On 17 March 2020 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced to Parliament that "the government is postponing…

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Employment Changes coming up in 2020!


April tends to be a busy and stressful time of the year for many businesses who have the end of their financial year around this time, multiple employees on annual leave over the Easter holidays, together with changes to make in line with new legislation - particularly in respect of your employees…

The Dangers Of Veganuary


As the Christmas blues settle in on 1 January 2020 and we all reflect on the amount of food and drink consumed over the festive period, now is the time to take on the first challenge of 2020 in what has become widely known as 'Veganuary'. This is a challenge that entails eating an entirely plant…

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