Archived Legal Articles from 2021

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Compulsory vaccinations - can workers be forced to be vaccinated?


No legal requirement currently exists for workers to be vaccinated, with the exemption of care workers. Many businesses, however, are considering introducing vaccination requirements, despite the fact that, in the absence of any legislation making vaccinations compulsory, any such policies could well be…

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Care Homes


The Government has now passed legislation mandatory for care home staff, volunteers and certain other groups entering the care home (subject to certain exemptions). These provisions have now come into force meaning there will be a 16-week grace period from when the regulations are made to when they…

Lockdown Liberty: How is 'Freedom Day' set to impact the Employment sector?


It has been confirmed this week that England will move to the final stage of easing of Covid restrictions meaning that almost all legal restrictions on social contact are set to end on Monday 19th July. But what does this mean from an employment and health and safety perspective? The guidance to…

Impact of social media backlash for employers


On going to bed disappointed on Sunday night, many no doubt expected they would be getting up on Monday morning to an influx of press articles and social media posts centred around a technical critique of the football skills on display in the final along side messages of support for the players. Few…

Mandatory COVID Vaccination for Care Workers


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published its response to the consultation on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for care home workers. It confirms that vaccination will become mandatory for care home staff, volunteers and anyone else entering the care home for work purposes (subject to…

EU Settlement Scheme deadline: Right to Work Checks from 1 July 2021


The Home Office has published their updated guidance on carrying out right to work checks in light of the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and the significant changes that accompany this. The guidance is titled ' Employer right to work checks supporting guidance ' and…

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New Graduate route now open to international students


The new, long-awaited, Graduate route?is now open under the UK's points-based immigration system. It is for international students, including EEA students without settled or pre-settled status, who want to work in the UK following the successful completion of a degree at undergraduate level or above…

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Adjusted Right to Work Checks to end on 20 June 2021


The Home Office has announced that from 21 June 2021, the concession on Right to Work (RTW) checks, permitting employers to conduct RTW checks via video, will end. The amended checks were due to end on 17 May 2021, however the Home Office confirmed shortly beforehand, on 12 May 2021, that their…

Health & Safety - 'protection from detriment' extended to workers


Currently, under s44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee can bring a tribunal claim if they have been subjected to a detriment because they reasonably believed that being at work would place them (or someone else) in serious, imminent danger. Employees also enjoy protection from unfair…

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Newsflash: Uber drivers are 'workers' holds Supreme Court


The Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated judgment about the action brought against Uber by drivers claiming to be workers as opposed to self-employed contractors. The judgment provides the answer to whether 'gig economy' workers can be classed as 'workers' for the purposes of…

Public Sector Exit Payments Scrapped


The Treasury has recently announced that long proposed cap on Public Sector Exit Payments (the Cap) which came into force on 4th November 2020 has been withdrawn effective from 12th February 2021 due to "unforeseen circumstances". Therefore any exit payments made after 12th February 2021…

National Apprenticeship Week


National Apprenticeship Week began on 8 February. This year's theme is 'Build The Future.' With 20 years of experience in progressing employees through apprenticeships, Forbes Solicitors has helped build futures and this year has been no different and has been as successful, despite the…

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The retail industry and the exit strategy from Covid-19


As we settle in to our third lockdown it might not be easy for businesses to think about the future and plan their "exit strategy". However, could this latest lockdown provide a unique opportunity for businesses to think outside the box, critique the way they operate and how they utilise their…

Acas Early Conciliation - New Rules


A claim to an employment tribunal must usually be made within 3 months less 1 day. This is known as the 'limitation date'. For example, if an employee wants to claim for unfair dismissal, they have 3 months less 1 day from the date their employment ended to make the claim. However this is with…

Employment Law Changes 2021 - Impact on Property & Construction Industries


Under the new lockdown restrictions, the government has urged all employees to work from home unless they cannot "reasonably" do so. The very nature of the construction sector means that this is not possible for construction workers and so despite the tighter restrictions they can thankfully…

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