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  • COVID-19 vaccine in the workplace
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 23rd March, 2021

    Currently there is no legal requirement to have the vaccine. Forcing anyone would be a criminal offence, breach of the Public Health Act 1984 and breach of Article 8 European Court of Human Rights. However, the Health Secretary recently announced that the government is exploring updating legislation to make it mandatory for care workers to

  • What’s going on with Uber?
    by Sarah Loates on Sunday 21st February, 2021

    Tens of thousands of Uber drivers, operating in the ‘gig economy’ can now claim the right to be classed as workers. The Supreme Court, the highest court to rule on this case handed down its judgment on Friday with no recourse for Uber to appeal. Whilst listening to the news on Friday, it occurred to

  • Let’s talk about the ‘B’ word
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 24th November, 2020

    Mentioning the ‘b’ word is an emotive issue and challenging from an HR perspective to manage all parties and their emotions. Both the person who has felt bullied, and the individual whose door bullying has been laid at. There is no definition of bullying in employment law. And unlike harassment there is no single piece

  • Fair’s Fair? Birds Bakery
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 3rd August, 2020

    The Birds Bakery case has sparked interest in the wider press and the company has faced a public backlash for dismissing an employee with 40 years’ service, because it is Birds' policy not to accept cash for hygiene reasons. The employee took cash from customers who did not have bank cards (mainly elderly customers), then

  • Avoiding redundancies – Let’s get creative
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 16th July, 2020

    Sobering news released today from the British Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook and that almost a third of firms will decrease size of workforce in next three months 29% of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months. 28% decreased the size of their workforce in Q2 but

  • Offering Outplacement Support for your Employees During Redundancy
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 23rd June, 2020

    The Coronavirus lockdown has had a significant impact on all of our lives and non more so than small businesses. As a result of the downturn restructuring and redundancies are unavoidable for many. Parting company is never going to be easy but helping to support your employees during this time will go some way to

  • Furlough – Let’s Get Flexible
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 14th May, 2020

    It was with much relief this week that both employers and employees welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended until October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the chancellor insists he will avoid a ‘cliff-edge’. The sad reality

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – factories, plants, and warehouses
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – other people’s homes
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Labs and research facilities
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Construction and other outdoor work
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Offices and contact centres
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Shops and branches
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Vehicles
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Coronavirus Employer Guidance (Last updated 20th April 2020)
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 2nd March, 2020

    Coronavirus employer guidance

  • Employment Law Changes April 2020
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 18th February, 2020

    Employment law changes taking effect in April 2020

  • Off-payroll working (IR35) (Updated 18th March 2020)
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 18th February, 2020

    Tax changes for private sector 'off payroll' contractors effective 6th April 2020

  • Changes to the Calculation of Holiday Pay
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 18th February, 2020

    Changes to the calculation of holiday pay taking effect 6 April 2020 as part of the Good Work Plan

  • Written Statement of Particulars for Workers
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 18th February, 2020

    Requirement of written statement of particulars taking effect 6 April 2020 as part of the Good Work Plan

  • The Good Work Plan
    by Sarah Loates on Tuesday 18th February, 2020

    The Good Work Plan comes into effect from 6 April 2020

  • Repeal of the Swedish Derogation
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 17th February, 2020

    Repeal of the Swedish Derogation taking effect 6 April 2020 as part of the Good Work Plan

  • Information and Consultation Regulations
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 17th February, 2020

    Changes to the Information and Consultation Regulations taking effect 6 April 2020 as part of the Good Work Plan

  • Contract of Employment Changes
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 17th February, 2020

    Changes to employment contracts taking effect 6 April 2020 as part of the Good Work Plan

  • National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 17th February, 2020

    National Minimum Wage and National Lving Wage increases from 1 April 2020.

  • Parental Bereavement Leave
    by Sarah Loates on Wednesday 22nd January, 2020

    New legislation regarding parental bereavement leave comes into effect from 6 April 2020.

  • When Should I Allow a Worker to Carry Forward Annual Leave?
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 22nd July, 2019

    In terms of carrying forward holiday leave this can be broken down into three categories should, should not and may: When you should not carry holiday forward The minimum 4 weeks of WTD Leave should not be carried forward into the next holiday year. Employers should not replace this with a payment in lieu except

  • How to Calculate Holiday Pay and Commission
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    The European Court of Justice has previously ruled that holiday pay under the Working Time Directive cannot be calculated based on basic salary alone where a worker’s remuneration includes commission determined with reference to sales achieved i.e. results rather than effort. Therefore this should be included when calculating holiday pay. The overarching principle is if

  • How to Calculate Holiday Pay on Overtime
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    Case law decided through our judicial system and The European Court of Justice has determined how to calculate holiday pay and has rumbled on for a number of years. Three categories of overtime have been established: Guaranteed (compulsory) overtime, where even if the employee is not called on to work it; the employer is liable

  • The Right to Bank Holidays and Time off For Religious Festivals
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 18th July, 2019

    There is no statutory right to public or bank holidays so contract wording in this area can differ and employers may choose not to state the number of bank holidays, this is because there are times when bank/public holidays can fall early or late. As discussed previously, this will mainly affect companies who operate an

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