Should employees working from home take a pay cut?

According to the Mail on Sunday, a cabinet minister recently suggested that civil servants who were now working from home should take a pay cut, due to their reduced commuting costs. According to the source, to maintain homeworking employees on the same pay as their office-based colleagues amounted to an unfair pay rise. Before employers jump on t......

The Queen’s speech – what does it mean for employers?

The Queen’s speech which was delivered at the State Opening of Parliament last week documented what laws the Government intend to introduce over the coming year with a focus on the UK’s post-coronavirus recovery and “levelling up opportunities” across the country. The speech confirmed that the Lifetime Skills Guarantee - which promises flexible ac......

Employment law changes that may progress in 2021

The year 2020 was a challenging one, to say the least, with Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, many proposed employment law changes were delayed but as we start to see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to look at which proposals might be included in the Employment Bill 2021 and what employers can do to prepare for these changes. 1. Exten......

Working well after the pandemic

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) has recently released a report, ‘Flexible Working: Lessons from the Pandemic’ which makes interesting reading for employers and HR professionals alike.  Among its findings, 63% of employers indicated that they planned to introduce or expand ‘hybrid working’ arrangements where employees sp......

Employment law changes from April 2021

Spring is here and it’s time for the April 2021 employment law update. Here we list four changes employers need to ensure their organisation complies with. These changes include an alteration to the national minimum wage age bands, increases to statutory rates and the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector. National minimum wage rates......

Ultimate Furlough FAQs - 5 March 2021

The chancellor has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September. See our Ultimate Furlough and JSS Q&A for more information.

Dismissals – the devil is in the detail

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case highlights the importance of employers correctly framing disciplinary charges to ensure that any resulting dismissal is fair.  In K v L, the EAT held that a school teacher's dismissal for possessing indecent images of children was unfair because the employer had not specified reputational damage......

Coronavirus – 10 Frequently Asked Questions, Answered!

As the UK waits for the Coronavirus vaccine rollout to gather pace, cases are rising and the country is entering a period of lockdown restrictions similar to those seen in March 2020. The continued spread of the virus means that even employers who have not yet had any staff members fall ill with Covid19 are likely to find themselves dealing with i......

The UK’s new points-based immigration system – 7 things employers need to know…

Following on from our recent article about employing EU Nationals after Brexit, now is a good time to remind employers that from 1 January 2021, the UK launches a new points-based immigration system which is designed to treat applicants who want to live and work in the UK consistently regardless of where they come from, bringing an end to freedom o......

Employing EU Nationals after Brexit? Thinking about Right to Work checks?

As the Government’s recent “Time is running out” campaign has highlighted, there are new rules for businesses and citizens in the UK from 1st January 2021 when the Brexit transition period comes to an end and the UK continues the process of leaving the European Union. But what does this mean for employers when it comes to checking whether the......

Extended furlough scheme (or CJRS) cannot be used for employees working notice

HM Treasury has confirmed that statutory and contractual notice periods will not be covered by the furlough scheme from 1 December 2020. If an employee subsequently starts a contractual or statutory notice period on or after 1 December but on a day covered by a previously submitted claim, employers will need to make an adjustment. To read the ful......

Job Support Scheme Extended

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) has been extended, with the aim to provide temporary support to businesses whose premises have been legally required to close as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions. Read the full details and how this can benefit your business on our partners, Ashtons Legal, website by clicking here: Full article.

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