EU Settlement Scheme: one year to go to apply for settled status

Today marks the countdown of one year to go for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. This Scheme enables EU citizens and their family members who have been resident in the UK to apply for either settled or pre-settled status (depending on how long they have been in the UK to date) to enable them to remain resident in the UK and keep the same r......

Dealing with flexible working requests

As the country starts to reopen and people return to work, there may be a wealth of flexible working requests being made by staff for employers to consider. An O2 commissioned report published in May, based on an ICM study of 2,019 workers in the UK and a YouGov survey of 4,509 (of whom 2,394 were workers) found that 33% expected to increase the a......

The implications of data protection when carrying out workplace testing for COVID-19

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have faced various challenges, and some will have needed to share information quickly or adapt their way of working. Regardless, the data protection law must be applied in the same way it was pre-covid19. Many businesses are now starting to prepare for reopening and welcoming employees back to the wo......

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“furlough scheme”)

On 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention, or “furlough” Scheme was to be extended, providing additional support for wages until October. In that announcement, he said that the scheme under current rules would be extended until the end of July, but thereafter there would be a winding down of the scheme, wit......

Webinar – Returning to work in a COVID-19 era: a Q&A

As the UK has passed the peak of infections, employers around the country are asking, how do we return our staff to work? COVID-19 has required all businesses in every sector to make changes and to adapt to the current circumstances. In some instances staff have been asked to go on to furlough leave, to take unpaid leave, to work reduced hours and......

Agile Working after Lockdown

As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, briefs the nation on a gradual relaxing of the UK’s lockdown, many employers are starting to consider how best to bring employees back into the workplace. In our recent AHRC Twitter poll, an overwhelming 91.7% of respondents said their business would be more prepared to allow homeworking once the lockdown is li......

Twitter Poll – Will your business allow homeworking once the lockdown is lifted?

Will your business be more prepared to allow homeworking once the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted?  Please click here and complete the Ashtons HR Consulting Twitter poll.  We will share the results at a later date. 

Successful constructive dismissal claim for Secretary who was asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment process

In a recent case heard at a Bristol Employment Tribunal, Hobbs v Avon Care Homes, a secretary has successfully claimed constructive unfair dismissal after being asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment practices. Hobbs and recruiting manager, Rea had found a suitable candidate for a Care Home Manager vacancy. Managing Director, Bila was......

Ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

Update! Following on from yesterday’s article an employment tribunal has held that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and so entitles ethical vegans from protection against discrimination. The claimant Jordi Casamitjana, a vegan activist and animal rights campaigner held that he was dismissed from his position at The League Against Cruel S......

Watch this space – potentially significant TUPE decision

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) protects the rights of employees when the business they work for or the contract they work on transfers to another organisation (e.g. acquisition of business, insourcing or outsourcing). It has been understood that those protected within the scope of TUPE are employee......

CJEU looks at question of carry over of holiday

The Court of Justice of the European Union has considered the question of whether annual leave must be carried over from one leave year to another if the employee was prevented from taking it in the current leave year due to sickness absence. In the Finish case of TSN v Hyvinvointialan the answer was yes, but only in respect of the four weeks prov......

Employees rights during IVF treatment

More and more couples are turning to IVF treatment for help to have a baby. With infertility affecting one in seven couples in the UK, it is important that employers recognise the significance of understanding what IVF treatment involves and that different employment rights apply at different stages of the process. What is IVF? In Vitro Fertilisa......

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