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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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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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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Settlement Agreements / Redundancies are hitting the press

Bulk redundancies are appearing in industry publications and news articles more and more frequently. High Street Retailers and those manufacturers moving overseas are causing serious ripples across the UK. Many businesses, including the larger law firms, are having to make a significant number of employees redundant at the same time whether this is due to […]

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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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Transgender Rights: Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace

Late last year we fought a case for a transgender woman who was being discriminated against and harassed by her employer and colleagues. This woman had worked for the company happily for an astounding 23 years, yet despite the rapport and connections that she had built up, things changed frighteningly quickly following her transition.We find […]

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The Dangers of Representing Yourself

All change The landscape of litigation has changed considerably this year. The guiding principle of the courts to deal with cases justly appears to have been qualified by the requirement that cases are run efficiently and at proportionate cost. In short, this means that the courts’ tolerance of non-compliance with the procedural rules has all […]

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HIV and the Workplace

Does my employer have the right to know that I am HIV positive? You are not obliged to tell your employer or work colleagues anything about your sexual orientation or HIV status. However, there may be advantages to you for disclosing this to an employer you trust. For example: you maybe taking sick leave to […]

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Using Social Media at Work

Employees who discuss their opinions openly on websites are at risk of finding that their messages are deemed malicious, damaging, and / or unlawful. Disciplinary action could easily follow. Human rights, such as freedom of expression, may not be a good enough defence for an employee accused of gross misconduct resulting from alleged malicious or […]

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Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The Act (as amended) identifies three ways in which an employer might discriminate against a disabled employee. Firstly, by virtue of S.3A(1) by treating him or her, for a reason related to his or her disability, less favourably than he treats employees to whom that reason does not apply. This is subject to the possibility […]

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Employers’ obligations towards homeworkers

As an employer you have the same responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of home workers as you would for staff based at your premises. Employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including homeworkers. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers […]

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Disability:Reasonable Adjustments

As you all know treating a person less favourably because of their disability inside the workplace and during the recruitment process is against the law. However, it is not always as clear as people think as to who is disabled. Not all disabilities are obvious. You can have a mental condition or an ailment as […]

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IVF: Your Employment Rights

What is the entitlement to leave in relation to the treatment? At a minimum the treatment cycle lasts six months and although there is no statutory right, as an employee, to paid leave you will be entitled to unpaid leave for regular medical appointments during the treatment period. If you are refused this, then you could […]

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