Employment Law

How to avoid discrimination in the workplace

How to avoid discrimination in the workplace

While progress has been made on dealing with discrimination in the workplace, it unfortunately lives on, albeit in less obvious forms. At a time of unparalleled focus on the goals …

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Uber decision: The history and the future

Having now had the long-awaited judgement from the Supreme Court in the case of Uber vs Aslam and others, in this two-part blog, we look firstly at the history of …

Indirect discrimination

What is indirect discrimination?

The mere mention of the word ‘discrimination’ in the workplace is enough to strike fear into the hearts of UK employers. Once the fright takes hold, usually fuelled by high …

Step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England

The Prime Minister announced to Parliament on Monday 22 February, the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. It published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England …

Positive discrimination

What is positive discrimination?

Positive discrimination We all recognise the importance of having a diverse workforce and how embracing a culture of diversity and inclusion makes good business sense in today’s climate.  The subject …

COVID-19 vaccine

Can I insist on my employees having the COVID vaccine?

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout well underway, we look at whether an employer can insist on their employees being vaccinated when it is offered to them. There are many things …

Statutory Payments 2021/22

The government has published the proposed statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay, parental bereavement pay and sick pay, effective from April 2021. Statutory rates normally increase …

What is Maternity Allowance

What is Maternity Allowance?

Maternity allowance is a payment made by the government to those who are not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay from their employer. It is currently set at £151.20 per week …

What is Bereavement Leave

What is Bereavement Leave?

In light of recent times, sadly even more people are likely to experience the death of a person close to them (a bereavement) during their working lives. Whilst there is …

What Is Compassionate Leave?

What is Compassionate Leave?

We all have situations in our lives whereby something unexpected happens and we need to drop everything in order to deal with that particular personal challenge.  Whether it be a …

What is Garden Leave?

What is Garden Leave?

Paying someone whilst they do their gardening?  Surely that can’t be right!  Why would organisations consider putting someone on gardening leave when budgets are already tight?  Does this concept still …

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Brexit – What is the impact on employers?

Employers need to understand the impact changes in employment law will have on their obligations to employees who hold citizenship outside the United Kingdom. Immigration laws are changing; this has …

Furlough Scheme extended to 30 April 2021

In a bid to provide some certainty into the New Year, in these incredibly uncertain times, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the furlough scheme is being extended for an …

How to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

CJRS Grant – Step By Step Guide on How to Make Your JRS Claim The Government have released further a step by step guide on how to make your CJRS …

CJRS – Updated guidance and new Treasury Direction

Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) guidance and a corresponding Treasury Direction were published on 13 November 2020. The Treasury Direction, which formally extends the CJRS from 1 …

Extended Furlough Scheme Details Released

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) will remain open until 31 March 2021. For claim periods running to January …

Furlough scheme extended until end of March 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will extend the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021. Mr Sunak said the scheme will pay up to 80% of a …

Outsourced HR

Considering outsourcing your HR? Take a look at this before you decide. We all know that issues with staff can be incredibly time consuming and these non-income-generating activities, although important, can …

Job Support Scheme Extended

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an extension to the Jobs Support Scheme, which is due to begin on 1 November 2020. Last month, the Government announced how the Jobs Support …

Employee Overseas Travel

How to Manage Employee Overseas Travel During Covid-19 As part of the Government’s plan to reduce the rise of Coronavirus infections across the UK, we have seen a number of …

The final countdown to furlough

September is the final month of the furlough scheme, subject to any last-minute extension. It was introduced in March 2020 as a short-term measure to support employers in paying their …

When does a failure to furlough as an alternative to redundancy result in a successful claim for unfair dismissal?

The employment tribunals are starting to hear claims relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). In two recent first instance decisions (which are not legally binding on other tribunals), …

COP9: What to do when HMRC come calling

Chris George, Tax Manager at Scrutton Bland explains what happens in a tax investigation. HMRC has extensive powers to open investigations into the tax affairs of an individual or business. …

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