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February 2020 employment law and HR briefing

So we know that 2020 – 2021 is going to harbour some monumental changes for HR and employment law (see our earlier newsletter) and this edition of myHRdept news we’ll look at one of those changes, day 1 employment contracts, in more detail. We also cover Coronavirus from an employer’s perspective, we’ll look at the proposed new points based system from January 2021 and lastly an interesting case concerning an employee dismissed for potential damage to an employer’s reputation for something he did outside of work.

Coronavirus – Guidance for employers – ACAS has published advice for employers on a possible widespread outbreak of Coronavirus. Some of our clients have already taken measures to prepare for a possible travel ban, and in advance of that hand sanitisers are being installed in offices across the country. To read our Q&As and the ACAS advice please click here.

From April all employees and workers will be entitled to contracts from day 1 of their employment, even if the work is for just a few weeks. myHRdept produces offer letters and contracts for clients but given the new regime we will require some notice – for further details on the new law please click here.

Points based system – Last week the government announced new rules that will apply from January and will dictate who can work in the

UK – and restaurateurs and care sector employers across the country buried their heads in their hands in disbelief. To read our analysis of the new system and why the low paid sector is heading for the biggest shake up in decades, please click here.

Employee fairly dismissed for event outside of work. Dismissing an employee for an event outside of work is a risky thing to do, but that’s what Nuffield Health did and the case provides excellent guidance on the circumstances and process that would be considered as fair by employment tribunals. For more details please click here.

Lastly, don’t forget that April also sees the new increased minimum and living wage rates. For all of our latest news please click here.

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