Covid-19 has made me Redundant – What payment should I accept?

As more and more redundancies are announced, many employees are needing to consider whether an offer of voluntary redundancy will be suitable for them. So what type of financial package should I be looking at? First of all alongside the offer, you will need to check your employment contract, or your employment terms and conditions. […]

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Redundancy After Furlough – What is my Weekly Pay?

As the UK emerges from lockdown, more and more businesses are beginning to make their employees redundant following a period of Furlough on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). For some employees, their weekly wage may have been reduced, either by the wage cap or a reduction from 100% to 80%. If they are now […]

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Can I ‘Work From Home’ in Another Country?

Employees have been keen to take a summer break and for some, a 14-day quarantine period may now apply and therefore have to be added to any holiday time abroad. So, when UK employees are abroad, are they able to work from home? Firstly, in the UK an employer has a duty to protect the […]

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Furlough changes for September 8.9.20

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has allowed many businesses to retain their employees positions by placing them on furlough for an extended period. The scheme has had several reiterations including the addition of part-time furlough from 1 July 2020. However, in September further employer contributions are required to the employee’s salary, so what are […]

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Government will provide a further total of 4 billion pounds

A fantastic new announcement today has been that the government have gone further again than we would have expected and have just announced that they will provide a further total of 4 billion pounds support in the Covid 19 pandemic, this is because the government are encouraging us (the public) to go to the pubs […]

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British Airways (BA) Staff Ultimatum

BA are looking to terminate a significant number of staff unless they agree to vary their employment contracts to work for a lower salary , with less annual leave provisions. The time frames being suggested are not at this stage clear, but there have been suggestions of redundancies, contract variations and the dismissing and re-hiring […]

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Employer: Return to work plan post-lockdown

Employees are going to have mixed reactions, when employers discuss their return to work plans, with them. There will be factors around childcare, transportation, health concerns and some people’s desire to remain working at home for productivity. How an employer handles this will very much depend on its needs and requirements, but the law and […]

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Furlough (Extended until October 2020) 12th May 2020 update

We have heard a lot recently of mass redundancies when other companies have been taking advantage of government schemes to protect its staff . The airlines , especially Virgin , have come under great scrutiny and criticism as a result of its decisions . So what’s the reason a company would choose redundancy over furlough […]

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Are the courts operating during lockdown?

Further to the Lord Chief Justice’s announcement on 23 March 2020 as to how the courts will operate during these times, HM Courts and Tribunal Service published a list of priority county court work on 31 March 2020 to ensure the courts continue to operate to provide justice whilst bearing in mind the public’s safety […]

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Covid-19 Self-Employed Resilience Advice

Financial assistance for the Self-employed Chancellor Rishi Sunak has finally announced a package for the self-employed which will include people and businesses that’s can paid their earnings in addition to employed people. This is a relief and welcomed offering to everyone who is self-employed in the UK, and this means that being self employed is […]

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Business Resilience for Employers during Covid-19

At this time there are many struggles facing employers in the UK amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but the government has implemented  many ways in which they can help.  As an employer what should you be aware of and what measures should you be putting in place to protect your business and staff? Home-working what should […]

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Parental bereavement leave – new laws 2020

New legislation will be introduced in April 2020 which will now give employees the right to receive paid parental bereavement leave if they suffer the loss of a child. New legislation will be introduced in April 2020 which will now give employees the right to receive paid parental bereavement leave if they suffer the loss […]

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The Importance of a Proper Redundancy Process

A recent employment case highlights the importance of following the correct procedure in a redundancy situation where an employee could claim the contrary. Mr O’Connor worked for East London NHS Foundation Trust, and was informed in March 2017 that his role as a Psycho-Social Intervention (PSI) Worker would be deleted. Mr O’Connor received a letter […]

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Equality and diversity in the workplace – how to be compliant and inclusive

Inequality, unfortunately, is still prevalent in the workplace, despite equality legislation and recognition by many organisations of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. There are two major arguments in support of employers having a diverse and inclusive workforce, namely moral and financial. The moral case for diversity and inclusion When discussing this […]

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Self-employed staff, are they still a risk to your business?

WE HAVE ALL READ THE CHALLENGES MADE AGAINST UBER, DELIVEROO, ADDISON LEE AND PIMLICO PLUMBERS BY MEMBERS OF STAFF. The issue is not new and boils down to whether certain self-employed staff should be considered as employed (and subject to employers NI) and in turn whether they should then have employment rights and benefits. We […]

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Are you an intermediary? Are you affected by the new legislation?

New legislation has been implemented to prevent intermediaries and individuals using deceptive methods to reduce employment tax and avoid the provision of employment rights. Such methods include the portrayal of false self-employment and the supply of workers from an off-shore location. Intermediaries are organisations that make arrangements for someone to work for a third person, […]

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TUPE Regulations 2006

TUPE is a complicated area of law and if you do not comply fully with the rules, or take time to consider the consequences carefully, it can be expensive and disastrous for those buying or selling their businesses. If you are going to buy, sell, or transfer the ownership of a business or take on a […]

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Confidentiality and Restrictive Covenants

Whether employed or self-employed people assisting your business will have access to your trade secrets, supplier lists and client names and addresses. If someone leaves your employment or starts-up a side-business they could potentially cause you losses: they could solicit business from your clients for themselves or a competitor; use your materials and information or […]

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