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What are the changes to the furlough / job retention scheme?

Phase 2 of the scheme: update Another new word for the employment lawyer and HR dictionary – ‘flexible furlough’! On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor gave details of how the furlough or job retention scheme will look as it continues through until the end of October 2020. Having reviewed the details, I view it […]

Issues that are arising for employers who want to bring employees back to work from furlough?

Dealing with staff who do not want to come back to work As lockdown eases and restrictions on sectors are lifting, many businesses across the UK are starting to bring their staff back into work.   However, this is not proving to be a simple task as not all employees are ready or willing to […]

Landmark Equality Ruling in the US

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender prohibited in the US The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity at work, is prohibited under federal civil rights law. The court was dealing with the cases of two gay men and one transgender woman, who were […]

Will the furlough cut-off date place employees on maternity and other family leave at a disadvantage?

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Furlough cut-off for new employees may cause difficulty for those employees currently on family leave One of the major announcements was that the furlough / job retention scheme will close to new members on 30 June 2020. After this date, employers will only be able to furlough employees who have already been furloughed for the […]

Employment Law & HR News Roundup

Key updates for Employers The biggest news this past week has, of course, been the changes to the furlough scheme. However, here is a round-up of some other recent interesting developments and cases in the world of work: Furlough Scheme fraud HMRC revealed last week that it had received 1,868 reports about the fraudulent use […]

Furlough Scheme Phase 2: Key information for employers

What are the changes to the furlough / job retention scheme? Another new word for the employment lawyer and HR dictionary – ‘flexible furlough’! On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor gave details of how the furlough or job retention scheme will look as it continues through until the end of October 2020. Having reviewed […]

Bringing employees back to work: The reluctant to returner

Advice for employers on bringing employees back to work As the lockdown restrictions start to ease and more businesses are starting to think about returning to work, employers are beginning to consider what they need to do to get staff back to work. One of the issues that is coming up frequently from employers and […]

What notice pay should employers pay to employees on furlough?

What do you pay if an employee has agreed to accept 80% of pay during furlough I was recently asked what, on the face of it, appeared to be a simple question. The question was if employees have agreed to accept 80% of their salary while on furlough, is their notice pay also paid at […]

Returning to work after lockdown and furlough

While at present there is no formal end to the government’s restrictions on work or travel, it is possible that the UK will start to introduce more flexibility in the next few weeks. In addition, the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as the furlough scheme) is currently due to end on 30 June […]

Key Points Employers should be considering during the lockdown

What do employers need to start thinking about while staff are furloughed? 1. Planning It is crucial to use this time to start planning for the future. Currently the coronavirus job retention scheme (furlough scheme) is open until the end of June 2020, this is just 8 weeks away and whilst there is a possibility […]

Monitoring the health of your staff

What steps can employers take in respect of employee health? I was recently asked whether, during this pandemic, an employer can lawfully conduct temperature checks on employees, workers, and visitors on entering the employer’s premises. While many businesses have closed, those that are still operating are still trying to operate as normal (whatever the new […]

Annual Leave & Furlough

What happens about annual leave during  furlough?  I want to start with a BIG disclaimer, this is completely uncharted territory and therefore some of what I am about to cover is untested and unknown. The information in this article is for information only and I would strongly recommend that you take advice about your own […]

Frequently Asked Questions about Furloughing

The job retention scheme FAQ’s  1. Will the payments be calculated on gross or net pay? You will pay employees in the normal way through the payroll and then you will recover up to 80% of usual monthly wage costs from HMRC (capped at £2,500 per month). In addition employers can claim Employer NI contributions […]

Furlough / Job Retention Scheme guidance: 04 April 2020

Further clarification of the scheme Helpfully on Saturday further guidance was published on the .GOV website about the scheme. This latest guidance answers several outstanding questions including: 1) Confirmation that it is open to any business regardless of circumstances. You do not have to close or to be on the brink of bankruptcy to claim […]

Furlough / Job Retention Scheme & Parental Rights

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What do you need to consider in respect of Parental & Family Leave The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is aimed at helping to avoid redundancies and keep people in pay during this time.  However, what does the scheme mean for those who are on or about to go on maternity leave, paternity leave or […]

Why reputation should be high on your consideration when making decisions about employees.

Making employee decisions during these times may be a  low legal risk but the reputation risk can be high! I have had numerous discussions with employees who have felt extremely aggrieved by an employers decision in the last 3 weeks since the effects of the coronavirus have started to be felt in the UK. Complaints […]

Furloughing Staff: Guidance for Employers

On Friday 20th March 2020 the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a welcome measure for employers who are unable to pay staff.  In order to avoid redundancies and encourage employers to keep staff on the payroll the government will pay 80% of wages (up to a maximum of £2,500 per month) for employees who are temporarily […]

Preparing your business in difficult times

Resources & Ideas for Employers If you are concerned about the future of your business I strongly recommend that you start planning/preparing now. Here are a few steps I recommend that you consider: Understand your numbers – what does it costs to run your business each week/month. How long can we ‘keep the lights on […]

Why I am afraid of ‘dabblers’!

Please think carefully about who you seek advice from I felt compelled to write this article after once again hearing from a fellow professional who ‘dabbles’ in employment advice. I am absolutely astounded that in 2020 there are still Solicitors and legal professionals out there who will advise a business or individual about employment law […]

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