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Workplace Wellbeing

Although the pandemic is receding the official guidance remains work from home when you can.Yesterday's announcement will reinforce this advice.  More people are becoming used to hybrid working a mixture of home and office. The wellbeing  and mental health of staff...

Can an employee refuse to come to work?

Do your contracts and policies stand up to the Covid-19 test? The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have stress-tested employment contracts and policies, with some showing signs of strain. What should you do now to make sure your employment documentation is ready for...

Important changes to right to work checks

 If You employ people who do not have UK nationality this is important The Home Office have announced that right to work checks will be reverting back to in-person checks from the 17th May 2021.  The Government have stated that right to work checks, made virtual...

The Best way to handle Bullying and Harassment Claims

The Best way to handle Bullying and Harassment Claims

Most of us are by now aware of the allegations made public by THAT interview. In case you have forgotten I meant Meghan. What is the best way to deal with bullying and harassment allegations in the workplace.? This note sets out a pathway to handle any allegations...

2021 the end of Furlough?

In the Budget the government clarified the regulations for hopefully the final phase of the furlough scheme The Government’s contribution to employees’ wages remains at 80% for hours not worked up to a cap of £2,500 a month but only to the end of June 2021. Employers...

UBER JUDGEMENT

You may have read by now that Uber have lost its appeal to the supreme court. The court found that its drivers are not subcontractors, but workers. In a 43 page judgement the court found against Uber by determining it is not what the written contract says but what is...

Why you need a home working policy

It is now clear that some form of home working will continue to feature once lock down restrictions have been lifted. Currently government advice remains work from home from home if you can. Companies introduced home working at speed at the onset of the pandemic to...

Why you shouldn’t go to a tribunal hearing

Most of you will have read or heard about the story in the Feb 1st Times about employment tribunals. I cant comment on their views of employment law judges but there are several points of interest to anyone facing a claim There are terrific delays in the system...

Can my employer make me have the jab

Can staff be forced to have a Covid vaccination? This not my work but something I read from an employment lawyer. I believe it lays out the current issues around this matter very well. This is a moving story and may become clearer as more people are in line for the...

Furlough and Homeschooling

following the latest lockdown regulations HMRC has issued further guidance on whether parents with caring responsibilities can be furloughed. Shown below is an extract from Gov.uk If your employee’s health has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or any other...

Furlough Extension Announcement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April next year. He said the move would provide "certainty for millions of jobs and businesses". It means the government will continue to pay 80% of the wages of workers who have...

Statutory Rates Applicable from April 2021

New government statutory rates from April 2021 The government has published the weekly rates that will apply from April 2021 to statutory maternity, paternity, shared parental, adoption, and bereavement pay as well as statutory sick pay (SSP) which  are as follows:...

Yet more Furlough Instructions

Last night the government published the latest set of guidance covering the changed furlough arrangements announced last week. The details are on Gov.Uk The basics have not changed the government will pay up to £2500 per month as a contribution towards 80% of the...