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......

Dealing with holiday during a global pandemic

Clearly the holiday season is going to look a little different for 2020, but as the world starts to reopen and we move into the summer period, this will start to become more topical. Entitlement Employees and workers do continue to accrue holiday as normal, in accordance with their contract or the law whilst on furlough leave. You are also......

How to deal with the HR implications of redundancy process during the pandemic

With Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention or ‘Furlough’ scheme is to be phased out, employers who have been using this will be thinking about their next steps.  Unfortunately, for a lot of them it will mean making redundancies. The process for redundancies has not changed because of Coronavirus, however the way in whi......

Providing a safe working environment during the coronavirus outbreak and the possible consequences of failing to protect your employees

With the lockdown easing slightly and more people encouraged to return to work, you need to be ensuring you are providing a COVID secure workplace. The Government has issued guidance on working safely during this time and has also introduced sector specific guidance. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-du......

Inclement Weather

This time of year is full of excitement, anticipating the festivities and prospect of a New Year. However, this is often coupled with inclement weather and travel disruption. We would encourage you to plan for this eventuality as reports are suggesting that we could experience another record cold period in January and February 2020.  The Prac......

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......

Menopause and the workplace

Still thought of as a slightly taboo subject, and a cause of embarrassment for employees and managers, why are we bringing this up? Research from the CIPD has found that the three out of five (59%) working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work. There has also b......

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......

Has your business embraced flexible working?

All employees that have been employed for 26 weeks or more have the right to request flexible working patterns, without having to give any reason. However, research released today by pollster GQR for the Trades Union Congress has found that flexible working is unavailable to 58% of the UK workforce, rising to 64% of those in working class occupati......

Calculating holiday pay for zero hours, term-time only employees: what you need to know following the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust UKEAT/0102/17/LA

In the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the ACAS guidance in respect of paying part-time employees and workers on irregular hours a maximum of 12.07% of their annualised hours for holiday pay is incorrect. By way of background, this accrual rate derives from the fact that the standard working year is......

The Pimlico Plumbers case – making it harder for employers to justify ‘self-employed’ status

The Supreme Court today found in favour of plumber Gary Smith in his claim that he was entitled to sick pay and holiday pay, despite his employer Pimlico Plumbers claiming he was self–employed. Although he provided his own tools and could choose when he worked, Mr Smith worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear their uniform and to work a min......

Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Moscow, football fans will have their eye on the ball, whether for England or their home country. And following England’s 2-1 win in its warm-up friendly with Nigeria, the tactics for the team are likely to be the focus of much debate. But it’s not just the players who need to warm up, as UK business ne......

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