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Covid-19: self-isolation notes

Desley Sherwin
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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...

IR35 reforms postponed

Shola Khan
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Following the current issues in the wake of Covid–19, the Government has announced that the reforms to IR35/off-payroll working rules will now be postponed by a year (from 6 April 2020 to 6 April 2021). What is IR35? The IR35/off-payroll working...

Coronavirus - information for businesses as at 13 March 2020

Desley Sherwin
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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 -...

Coronavirus - employment advice to businesses as at 13 March 2020

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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 - with effect from today’s date - means that an employee who is in...

COVID-19 or "coronavirus": employment considerations

Shola Khan
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Published 5 March 2020   Further to our blog yesterday, there has already been up update:  sick pay for self-isolating workers. Workers will now receive statutory sick pay from their first day off work as opposed to the previous rules,...

'Good Work Plan' update - 7 February 2020

Desley Sherwin
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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: ...

Ethical veganism recognised as a "philosophical belief"

Laura Hill
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Last week, an Employment Tribunal ruled that “ethical veganism” constitutes a philosophical belief and ethical vegans stand to be protected by the Equality Act 2010 (“EqA 2010”). The case of Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports. ...

The Good Work Plan

Desley Sherwin
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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

Desley Sherwin
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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...

Adverse weather and travel disruption policies

Laura Hill
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Bad weather and issues with travel arrangements can cause significant amounts of disruption to a business and employers are often put in a position where they have to decide at the last minute what to do to adapt working arrangements to ensure that...

Self-employed or a worker?

Laura Hill
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The Supreme Court has handed down its long awaited judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Gary Smith in a case which has potentially huge ramifications for freelance workers and employment law generally. Mr Smith brought several claims in the Employment Tribunal in...

Review of GLAA licensing regime

Phil Cookson
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The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has recently launched a consultation on its Licensing Standards. Whilst the GLAA still covers the same regulated sectors (agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and associated packaging and...

Notifications to ACAS for early conciliation have gone up by 500 per week since the fees ruling

Laura Hill
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Since it was ruled that fees in the Employment Tribunal are unlawful and were abolished in July 2017, notifications to ACAS have increased from around 1,700 per week to 2,200. There has also been a recent report from the Ministry of Justice which showed...

National Minimum Wage increase

Laura Hill
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The new National Minimum Wage and the new National Living Wage, which will apply from 1 April 2018, have been announced by the government and, according to the Low Pay Commission, this is the largest increase for 18-20 year olds and 21-24 year olds in a...

Major changes proposed to improve workers' rights

Laura Hill
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Last week, the government published its response to “Good Work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices”. This independent review published in July made a series of recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of atypical...

Nip it in the bud

Phil Cookson
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What do you get when you cross a husband, a wife, a senior manager with 20 years’ service and an accusation of historic criminal activity? Answer: a management nightmare. Unfortunately these complex scenarios are a lot more common than you might...

Rest periods during working hours

Laura Hill
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Regulation 12 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) requires employers to give employees a rest break of not less than 20 minutes if a worker’s daily working time is more than six hours. It is important to ensure, therefore, that your business...

Employment tribunal and EAT fees declared unlawful

Laura Hill
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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court declared that fees charged in the Employment Tribunal (ET) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) are unlawful. Historically, claimants wishing to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal would have to pay an issue fee...

Indirect discrimination Supreme Court decision

Laura Hill
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The law in relation to indirect discrimination has come under review recently in the Supreme Court decisions of Essop and Others v. Home Office (UK Border Agency) and Naeem v. Secretary of State for Justice [2017] UKSC 27 . Indirect discrimination...

The survivor's pension and your employees

Phil Cookson
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The Supreme Court has given judgement in favour of an unmarried cohabitant in a dispute with a public sector employer regarding a ‘survivor’s pension’. The case dealt with the question of whether or not an employee’s unmarried partner...

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