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‘Tis the season to…beware of the Virtual Christmas Party!

HR teams and Senior Managers may have thought they would have a year off from having to deal with any unwelcome office party antics this year. With most office workers working from home for the best part of this year, many companies will be turning to online festivities rather than the in-person celebrations of Christmases past. Employers and employees should […]

“Long-COVID” – A New Form of Disability under the Equality Act 2010? Steps for Employers to Take to Mitigate the Risks of Disability Discrimination Claims

A recent study conducted by researchers at King’s College London estimates that around 1 in 7 people with COVID-19 will be ill for at least 4 weeks, 1 in 20 for 8 weeks and 1 in 45 for 12 weeks or more after having initially become unwell. Although there is currently no universally recognised medical definition for the range of […]

Racism, Prejudice and Working from Home: How Employers can adapt to a ‘New Normal’

As the world continues to adapt to a new way of life in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, employers have been kept busy by the need to ensure that, despite the upheaval to everyday workplace norms, their actions towards employees are lawful and proportionate. The situation is a fluid one; and the approach of employers to maintaining a happy […]

Changes introduced to the ACAS early conciliation process from 1 December 2020

Prior to any claim being brought in the Employment Tribunal, a prospective claimant is required to notify ACAS of the potential claim. Following this notification and with the claimant’s agreement, ACAS will contact the potential respondent to determine whether they wish to conciliate the matter. Prior to 1 December 2020, if the respondent agreed to conciliate, the parties had one-month […]

The Potential Impact of Brexit on Employment Law

Following the unprecedented circumstances that the world has faced this year, it is easy to forget that on 31 December 2020, the “Transition Period” of Britain’s EU exit will end, and from 1 January 2021 the UK is set to leave the single market and customs union, either with or without a future trade deal. In anticipation of this date, […]

Social Class Discrimination – Time for a New Protected Characteristic for a Post-Covid Britain?

It is clear to us that the current economic situation is having a disproportionately damaging impact on working class employees, and in our view the (eventual) economic recovery is likely to reach some parts of the workforce (much) later than others. For many roles, the recovery will unfortunately come too late, and we expect many employees will need to retrain […]

Employers Beware: Major revisions to CJRS/extended furlough scheme from December 2020 – HMRC to publicly name and shame employers using the extended furlough scheme and may stop employers from claiming furlough pay for employees during their notice periods!

Following on from our previous article here, on 10 November 2020 the Government published its guidance on the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The full guidance can be found here. Buried within its midst are two important points employers need to be aware of. In the section ‘Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus […]

Top Employment Tips for Employers and Managers during “Lockdown II”

On 31 October 2020, the Government published the New National Restrictions (the “Restrictions”) which are intended to be in place from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020. The Restrictions require that to help contain Covid-19, everyone who can work effectively from home should do so, and have resulted in a prompt return to homeworking for those who had already […]

Chancellor announces Furlough extension to 31 March 2021

On 5 November 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended until 31 March 2021. The Job Support Scheme, due to come into effect on 1 November 2020, and the Job Retention Bonus have now been put on hold. From 1 November 2020 employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for […]

Further changes to the Government’s Job Support Scheme announced on 22 October 2020  

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced on 22 October 2020 further changes to the Government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) which comes into effect on 1 November 2020, significantly increasing the Government’s contribution and reducing the employer’s contribution to employee wages in the hope that increased support will prevent redundancies and save jobs during the second wave of the pandemic. Under the […]