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Uber case – What does the Supreme Court’s decision mean for employers?

24th March 2021

The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous judgment in February confirming that Uber drivers are “workers” and not self-employed. The implications for Uber drivers of this decision are that they will be entitled to claim back pay for holiday pay and national minimum wage spanning back at least 2 years. Claims for statutory payments such […]

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Annual increases to payments and awards and other changes coming into force in 2021

24th March 2021

Changes with effect from 6 April 2021: A statutory week’s capped pay (used, for example, to calculate statutory redundancy payments), increases from £538 to £544; The compensatory cap for unfair dismissal claims will increase from £88,519 to £89,493 (subject to the additional cap of 52 actual weeks’ pay if lower); The National Minimum/Living Wage rates […]

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Is Long-COVID a “Disability” for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010?

9th February 2021

One year on from the start of the pandemic, the scientists and medical professionals are beginning to understand the long-term effects of COVID. It has been reported that some individuals, who may only have had mild symptoms initially, have been left with symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue, muscle pains, brain fog, chest pains, persistent coughs, […]

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Regularly updating equality and diversity training – A reminder

9th February 2021

Under the Equality Act 2010, where an employee is claiming that the employer is responsible (vicariously liable) for the discriminatory actions of another employee, an employer can use the “reasonable steps defence” where it can show it took all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination in the workplace.  The usual evidence produced for this defence is: […]

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Can an employer make an employee have the COVID vaccination?

9th February 2021

With the devastating effects that COVID-19 has had on businesses, the economy and us all personally, the vaccination roll-out is the much-needed light at the end of the tunnel. One of the most prominent questions we are being asked is whether being vaccinated can be made mandatory in the workplace to protect staff and customers. […]

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Coronavirus – Update for Employers

30th September 2020

Over recent days, there have been further government announcements which affect employers and employees. The key points to note from the announcements are set out below: 1.    The introduction of the Job Support Scheme (JSS) As you know, the Furlough scheme is coming to an end on 31st October 2020. The ending of this scheme […]

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A message from our Equity Partners re COVID 19

23rd March 2020

We are very much open for business, albeit remotely !! We at Hopson Solicitors have put together plans to ensure social distancing compliance and to reduce the impact of the current outbreak for our valued staff and clients the best that we possibly can. FOR OUR TEAM All of our people have the capability, and have been actively encouraged, to work remotely.  Accordingly we are […]

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Coronavirus – Vulnerable Employees/Workers

23rd March 2020

9am, 23 March 2020 There is new guidance now available for a particular list of vulnerable individuals. This is a much narrower list than the vulnerable person list. As such, we now have a list of those who are classed as extremely vulnerable persons and those who are vulnerable persons. A link to the Government’s […]

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Coronavirus – Job Retention Scheme and Furlough Leave

23rd March 2020

9am, 23 March 2020 On Friday 20th March 2020, the Chancellor announced a Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) which creates “furlough leave”. The purpose of the scheme is to actively try to stop or reduce the number of businesses making redundancies or lay-offs without pay. We have very limited information about the Scheme at the […]

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Coronavirus – Employer’s Responsibilities

4th March 2020

Over the last couple of days, we have seen more and more being reported about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and suggestions for what employers should do. The most shocking statistic we have seen widely reported is that up to a fifth of the workforce may be on sick leave at one time. Putting this into perspective however, […]

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Uber case – What does the Supreme Court’s…

The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous judgment in February confirming that Uber …

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Annual increases to payments and awards and other…

Changes with effect from 6 April 2021: A statutory week’s capped pay (used, for …

Read more

Is Long-COVID a “Disability” for the purposes…

One year on from the start of the pandemic, the scientists and medical professionals …

Read more