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No Covid vaccination, no job...?

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About a year ago, the hot topic in employment law was the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that we all got to know and love as the furlough scheme. The hot topic currently is the debate about mandatory vaccination . At the time of writing,...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Short term work in the UK

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With the Brexit/Withdrawal Agreement coming into effect, freedom of movement between the EU and UK has ended. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens entering the UK for work purposes may need to apply for a visa through the UK’s points-based immigration system....

Brexit and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Q&A

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This article aims to answer some questions about UK farm employers’ access to seasonal workers under the Government’s extended Seasonal Workers Pilot. The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 marks the end of freedom of...

Furlough Guidance clarified

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Less than 48 hours after it was issued, the latest furlough scheme guidance has been revised to correct some errors: 1. In relation to the expiry of fixed term contracts and rehiring, the correct date is now confirmed as 23 September...

Extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Just as we waved a fond farewell to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, so it has returned! The Chancellor has announced this afternoon that the Scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021. All we know at the moment is that for claim periods running to...

Fines for employers who permit self-isolating workers to work

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 have come into effect from midnight last night. Regulation 7 makes it an offence for an employer to knowingly permit a worker (including an agency worker)...

The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Weeks Pay) Regulations 2020

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The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week’s Pay) Regulations 2020 have been published today and take effect tomorrow, 31 July 2020. The Regulations set out how a week’s pay is to be calculated for a furloughed employee...

Diary dates - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Are you keeping up with the ever-changing CJRS? If not, here’s a handy checklist of relevant dates. You can download our infographic listing the dates here . 1 July 2020: This was the start date of the new Flexible Furlough scheme...

Flexible Furlough

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses remain unable to operate at all. Others are starting to operate, albeit on a reduced basis. From 1 July 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been modified so that employers can start to...

The Furlough Scheme - Part Two

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On Friday 29 May 2020, the Chancellor released details of how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will change in the coming months to try to get people back to work as lockdown restrictions are starting to be lifted. Everyone knew that the proposal...

Test and Trace - how it might impact employers and employees

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At 9am on 28 May 2020, the Government launched the NHS Test and Trace Service in England: those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19 “must” isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid...

Post-lockdown employment considerations

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It is anticipated that the dire economic consequences of the current lockdown will require there to be a partial easing of the lockdown restrictions in the coming days and weeks, allowing some additional businesses to re-open in a phased manner, and allowing...

Coronavirus and the self-employed contractor

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In the early days after the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which introduced the concept of furloughing for employees, the self-employed were demanding: “What about us, we need help too!” The self-employed/contractors...

Furlough/Parental leave and pay

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The Government has issued guidance to confirm that workers who have been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but who are eligible for and wish to take paid parental or adoption leave on or after 25 April 2020 will not be penalised by...

Statutory Sick Pay and (1) Furlough Leave (2) Shielding

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The Government has provided two further areas of clarification to Covid-19 related interaction with Statutory Sick Pay. Firstly , HMRC has updated its statutory payments manual to provide that employees do not qualify for Statutory Sick Pay if:...

Holiday Pay and Furlough Leave

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Over the weekend the Government has published the latest in a series of updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This answers outstanding queries relating to the interaction between Holiday Pay and Furlough Leave. In a...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

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The Chancellor has this afternoon announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended from its initial 3 month period from 1 March 2020 – 31 May 2020 by a further 1 month, i.e. to the end of June 2020. The announcement will come as a...

'Good Work Plan' Update - 6 April 2020

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The main provisions of the Good Work Plan come into effect today . Firstly, a reminder of what had already been implemented previously: Two changes took effect on 6 April 2019:- All employees and workers became entitled to an...

Homeworking - the new 'normal'?

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In ordinary times, the proportion of workers in the UK who work entirely or mainly from home is relatively low. We find ourselves in something of an extraordinary time, when the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the majority of non- key...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - UPDATED

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*Updated guidance has been provided on 27 March 2020 – this note includes that guidance* Who is eligible for the scheme? Any UK organisation with employees can apply, including: businesses charities...

Covid-19: Update - Emergency Volunteer Leave (EVL)

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The Coronavirus Bill has not yet been enacted but we are expecting its provisions to be approved and brought into law imminently. One of the five key areas set out in the Bill relates to Emergency Volunteer Leave . What is Emergency Volunteer Leave? A...

Covid-19: self-isolation notes

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For those employees who have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, evidence of sickness absence can now be provided by ‘isolation note’. To produce an...

Coronavirus - information for businesses as at 13 March 2020

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Published 16 March 2020. For a .pdf of this information please click here A Pay and Sick Pay In what circumstances is SSP payable? The introduction of regulation 2(1)(c) Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020 -...

'Good Work Plan' update - 7 February 2020

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With less than two months to go before the main provisions of the Good Work Plan come into effect, it’s time make sure you have everything ready. Firstly, a reminder of what has already been implemented: Two changes took effect on 6 April 2019:...

The Good Work Plan

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In the same time as it takes to boil an egg, let me present an overview of "the biggest package of workplace reforms for over twenty years". Following an independent review of employment practices undertaken by Matthew Taylor - the Head of the...

Workers' rights to itemised payslips

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With effect from 6 April 2019, all workers (not just employees) will have the right to receive an itemised pay statement. This will include, for example, workers on zero hours contracts. Employers are currently required to keep a sufficient record...