Right to work checks – an update (June 2021)

Right to Work checks were already a complex area for employers, and the situation became trickier with the arrival of the points-based immigration system and the EU Settlement Scheme – click the links to see our articles on these subjects from the end of last year.   This article was originally published in May 2021 but was updated in Ju......

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......

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate all of the successes achieved by women in the workplace but the pandemic is having a disproportional impact on female employment

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to cause long-term harm to gender diversity in the workplace, with progress for women in work reverting to 2017 levels by the end of 2021, according to PWC’s Women in Work Index, which reports female economic empowerment across 33 OECD countries. For almost a decade, all countries across the OECD made consistent pro......

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......

Managing employment issues during and post-pandemic – some considerations

It is becoming increasingly clear that restrictions on how we work and live will remain in place for some time as we continue to respond to the impact of Covid-19.  Permanent remote working or blended home and office working is likely to become more widespread.    In this changed environment, employers will need to give some thought......

Coronavirus vaccine and the workplace FAQs

‘No jab, no job’ is the policy that Pimlico Plumbers, a large London plumbing firm, have put in place to require all workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The firm argues that the policy is to protect its staff and customers and is part of the company’s obligation under Health and Safety laws, however, employment lawyers advise that any employ......

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......

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