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England due to reopen on 19 July, while millions remain furloughed

06/07/2021. This month the state’s contribution to a furloughed workers wages drops to 70% to a cap of £2,187.50 for the month, with employers picking up 10% (up to £312.50) plus the NI and minimum pension contributions. In August and September the government contribution will be 60% to a cap of £1,875 for each month, with employers picking up 20% (or up to £625.) 30th September will be the final day of the scheme, and let’s hope we never have to see another one.

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Is flexible working set to become the default? 

26/06/2021. If enacted, changes changes to flexible working regulations are likely to allow employees to lodge a flexible working request on day 1 of their employment. There is some suggestion that the default position would be that flexible working should be permitted, with the onus moving away from the employee, who currently has to justify in their request why flexible working will work, onto the employer, who would have to show at the outset their objective reasons for why flexible working would not work.

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England due to reopen on 19 July, while millions remain furloughed

06/07/2021. This month the state’s contribution to a furloughed workers wages drops to 70% to a cap of £2,187.50 for the month, with employers picking up 10% (up to £312.50) plus the NI and minimum pension contributions. In August and September the government contribution will be 60% to a cap of £1,875 for each month, with employers picking up 20% (or up to £625.) 30th September will be the final day of the scheme, and let’s hope we never have to see another one.

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Is flexible working set to become the default? 

26/06/2021. If enacted, changes changes to flexible working regulations are likely to allow employees to lodge a flexible working request on day 1 of their employment. There is some suggestion that the default position would be that flexible working should be permitted, with the onus moving away from the employee, who currently has to justify in their request why flexible working will work, onto the employer, who would have to show at the outset their objective reasons for why flexible working would not work.

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Employment tribunal cases reduce for Q1, & covid judgements roll in

First quarter statistics show a 13% decrease in single claims (9,100) versus 2020, however, the overall trend in the last few quarters is still up, probably due covid-related unemployment and changes to working conditions. The tribunal system is currently sat on 44,000 cases, an eleven year high. With the furlough scheme ending in September, we expect a further peak.

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23/03/2021 – IR35 – Off Payroll Working. New rules from April will extend IR35 to the private sector, meaning that all contractors who provide services to a client

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Covid Vaccination Policy

09/03/2021. Covid Vaccination Policy. In an earlier article (Link: can an employer force an employee to be vaccinated) we suggested that employers will be able to encourage employees

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04/03/2021 – Furlough scheme to continue until end September In yesterday’s budget the Chancellor announced the extension of the furlough scheme which will now continue in its current

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Furlough scheme extended

1st November – CJRS to be extended until December Yesterday the government announced that, in tandem with a new period of lockdown from Thursday 4th November, the old

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Back home you go….

22nd Sep 20: Return to homeworking imminent…. Boris Johnson is expected this afternoon to encourage employers to continue with home working arrangements in an effort to stem the

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Covid safe workplace

28/07/2020 Guidance for employers – Covid safe workplaces To bring workers back to work employers must ensure that the workplace is Covid safe. Employers must carry out a

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We haven’t really had time to write much in the way of insightful content this week because we’ve been so busy with redundancy programmes, but we thought we’d

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How to unfurlough staff

23rd April 2020 – How to unfurlough staff It may seem premature to think about unfurloughing staff, but some of our clients are already transforming – pubs, breweries

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Furlough template letters

25th March 2020 We have had multiple requests for furlough template letters and redundancy template letters since publishing our earlier articles on furloughing staff and other options to

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New Parental Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave will be introduced in 2020, the government has now announced, but employers should establish a suitable policy in 2019. Our article covers the detail. As the

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And there’s more..

4th May 2007 With so many pressures and priorities on small businesses is it any wonder that the daunting, and lets face it, apparantly dull and unnecessary task

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Unauthorised breaks?

Since our publishing the article below the Court of Appeal has overturned the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in this case, ruling that although the final warning given to

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is the government

10th January 2014 The possibility of extreme weather conditions disrupting business is often a concern at this time of year, but with floods across the UK and snow

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recruitment

21st January 2014 You may recall our October article outlining Government plans to cap auto enrolment pension charges, and the subsequent November story concerning the resulting industry debate. Now the story develops

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New hire gone wrong?

7th February 2014 With the best recruitment practices in the world, mistakes do happen inside and outside of the probation period. Do we persevere with an unsuitable person, run the

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Indian boss beaten to death

And you think you’ve got employee relations problems – CEO killed over working hours 17th June 2014 Fed up of whinging employees complaining about their wages? Think yourself

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Can you Adam and Eve it?

Can you Adam and Eve it!?…Victims of accent bias need legal protection 9th July 2014 This could well be the latest unrecognised discrimination: Geordies, Liverpudlians and Cockneys are

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Employment high

21st July 2014 The employment rate has hit a record high at 73.1 per cent in the three months to May, according to official figures. The Office for

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Half of Britons feel regret

25th July 2014 A recent study commissioned by the financial technology company Kalixa, revealed that half of Britons’ are so unhappy at work that they believe their career

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Daylight Savings

Better designed offices could boost both physical and mental health of workers. 11th August 2014 An early night after a hot bath, curling up with a good book

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Power of the pension

15th September 2014 More low-income workers are now putting enough away in savings for their retirement than in 2012 – a vindication of the government’s auto-enrolment plan to

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can employees be forced

24th October 2014 A recent case brought to Tribunal stems from an alleged simple act of omission. A Muslim employee claims she was not invited to the Company’s

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The use of e-cigarettes

10th March 2015 It was only a matter of time before electronics got its clever bionic fingers on cigarettes. Now e-cigarettes are everywhere – including at work. But

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Top hiring mistakes

16th April 2015 Are you recruiting the right people for your business? How do you know? Employers, even smaller employers, need to ensure that they balance their team

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Playing Politics

What the General election could mean for employers 17th April 2015 The General Election will influence the number of employment tribunal cases in the UK – these have

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

16th September 2015 In response to customer feedback we have made some important changes: We have shortened employment contracts where we can As a result some of the

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And in the red corner…

7th December 2015 In our first case, ZSL Vs Westlake, two female employees from ZSL ended up having a fight at a staff Christmas party. The claimant, Ms

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Living Wage is here

From today 1st April 2016 the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour which applies to all who are 25 and older. Basically this an extra minimum wage category

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When is a redundancy not a redundancy?

When it’s a ‘Some Other Substantial Reason’ dismissal. When restructuring their businesses employers often confuse redundancy with SOSR, and make unnecessary compensation payments. 25th July 2017 Imagine a

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Exiting employees – safely

The abolition of tribunal fees and the inevitable increase in litigation means employers should use extra caution when approaching employee dismissals whether by redundancy or any other reason.

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Are foster carers workers?

Historically, the EAT have held that Foster carers were not workers. For a role to attract worker status there must be a contract. Formal agreements govern the Foster

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GDPR?

It stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ and in essence it’s an extension of data protection laws that will hit us on 25th May 2018 – its impact

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