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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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Veganuary – Ethical Veganism is a protected belief

13th January 2020

There is a growing trend towards a vegan lifestyle and beliefs, generally. Also, there are many people who, throughout the month of January, decide to ditch the meat and other animal products after an indulgent Christmas period. An employment tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism should be protected under the Equality Act 2010 as a […]

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Employment Law and HR: What’s new for 2020?

13th January 2020

The following changes are due to come into force in 2020: 1. Written statement of key terms to be provided to all workers (including employees) Currently, employees are entitled to a statement of terms and conditions (as set out in section 1 of the Employment Rights Act) within two months of them commencing employment. From […]

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BRIEF EMPLOYMENT CASE LAW UPDATE – MARCH 2019

22nd March 2019

In other news…………. POSITIVE ACTION A recent Employment Tribunal case illustrates how employers can inadvertently discriminate against employees whilst using positive action as a tool to boost diversity in the workplace. In this case, a job applicant, a white heterosexual male, successfully brought a claim for discrimination. The employer had incorporated positive action into its […]

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ANNUAL INCREASES TO PAYMENTS AND AWARDS WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 2019

22nd March 2019

A statutory week’s pay (used, for example, to calculate statutory redundancy payments), increases from £508 to £525 with effect from 6 April 2019. The compensatory cap for most unfair dismissal claims will increase from £83,682 to £86,444 (subject to the additional cap of 52 actual weeks’ pay if lower), also with effect from 6 April […]

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Suspending Suspensions

26th February 2018

Employers frequently suspend employees as a “knee- jerk” reaction to investigate allegations which have been raised or circumstances which have arisen. Generally, however, suspension will only be relevant where there are gross misconduct or serious misconduct allegations which require investigation and an employer will not be able to do so whilst the employee remains in […]

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Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims comes into force on 1 October 2017

15th September 2017

The Ministry of Justice has published the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (the “Protocol”).  This comes into force on the 1st October 2017. The Protocol applies to any business, which includes sole traders and public bodies, claiming payment of a debt (the “creditor”) from an individual (including a sole trader) (the “debtor”).  The Protocol does not […]

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STOP PRESS – Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful!

7th August 2017

Since the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013, there has been around a 70% reduction in the number of Tribunal claims being issued. Four years later, on 26 July 2017 and after a legal battle between Unison and the Government, the Supreme Court decided that the fees are unlawful because they prevent access […]

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