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......

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Many businesses are struggling with recruitment at the moment and with the current climate being as it is, employers should start thinking about attracting from the Neurodiverse talent pool that has been long overlooked because of the incorrect assumption that neurodiversity cannot be accommodated in the workplace. What is Neurodiversity?Neuro......

Implications of mandatory Coronavirus vaccination for staff entering care homes – Government guidance published

Whilst most employers should still remain cautious about mandatory vaccination for their workforce (see our Coronavirus FAQ’s from earlier this year for more) the Government recently announced that under the  Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 ('the Regulations') from 11 November 2......

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......

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......

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......

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