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Furlough / Job Retention Scheme latest guidance: 04 April 2020

Further clarification of the scheme Helpfully on Saturday further guidance was published on the .GOV website about the scheme. This latest guidance answers several outstanding questions including: 1) Confirmation that it is open to any business regardless of circumstances. You do not have to close or to be on the brink of bankruptcy to claim […]

Furlough / Job Retention Scheme & Parental Rights

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What do you need to consider in respect of Parental & Family Leave The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is aimed at helping to avoid redundancies and keep people in pay during this time.  However, what does the scheme mean for those who are on or about to go on maternity leave, paternity leave or […]

Why reputation should be high on your consideration when making decisions about employees.

Making employee decisions during these times may be a  low legal risk but the reputation risk can be high! I have had numerous discussions with employees who have felt extremely aggrieved by an employers decision in the last 3 weeks since the effects of the coronavirus have started to be felt in the UK. Complaints […]

Furloughing Staff: Guidance for Employers

On Friday 20th March 2020 the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a welcome measure for employers who are unable to pay staff.  In order to avoid redundancies and encourage employers to keep staff on the payroll the government will pay 80% of wages (up to a maximum of £2,500 per month) for employees who are temporarily […]

Preparing your business in difficult times

Resources & Ideas for Employers If you are concerned about the future of your business I strongly recommend that you start planning/preparing now. Here are a few steps I recommend that you consider: Understand your numbers – what does it costs to run your business each week/month. How long can we ‘keep the lights on […]

Why I am afraid of ‘dabblers’!

Please think carefully about who you seek advice from I felt compelled to write this article after once again hearing from a fellow professional who ‘dabbles’ in employment advice. I am absolutely astounded that in 2020 there are still Solicitors and legal professionals out there who will advise a business or individual about employment law […]

Should an employer dictate what can and cannot be discussed at work?

Firms urged to crack down on office football chat The football season is well underway, and Liverpool appear to be on course for their first title in 30 years; while the Six Nations rugby series is due to start this weekend with England looking to bounce back after the disappointment of the World Cup final […]

Injunction obtained by suspended employee

Important considerations when suspending an employee I advise both employer and employees about employment law and HR and one of the most frustrating things I experience when advising employee customer’s is the employer who suspends without any thought or consideration for the employee or the law. Consequently, it is something that I talk about a […]

5 mistakes employers make when dealing with an employee grievance

Managing the grievance process Dealing with grievances within the workplace in an appropriate and fair manner is crucial to having a happy workforce, to creating a sense of fairness, and addressing issues in a timely manner. A happy workforce is of course going to be more productive and loyal to your business, so it is […]

Are climate change and veganism philosophical beliefs?

Philosophical belief under the Equality Act Under the Equality Act it is unlawful to discriminate, harass or victimise employees or job applicants on the grounds of their religion, religious belief or philosophical belief. “Religion or belief” is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, just like for example age or race, and is defined as […]

Does an employer have to pay enhanced shared parental leave pay if it pays enhanced maternity pay?

Only women receive enhanced maternity pay so is it discrimination?  The answer is no, based on this recent Court of Appeal decision. The case was actually a joined appeal of two cases: Ali v Capital Customer Management Ltd and The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Policy v Hextall, which we have reported on previous. The Law […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 6

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Consistency and fairness  We all know what it feels like to think that you have been treated differently or unfairly to someone else, and there is nothing more likely to irritate your staff than the perception that they are being treated to their detriment in comparison to colleagues. Consistency in how you treat staff will prevent problems […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 5

be the best employer

Communication Communication, or the lack of it, is the number 1 cause of disputes between employers and employees. When advising clients about situations that have reached the Employment Tribunal stage I can, in 9 out of 10 cases, identify when things first started to go wrong, and that it could have been resolved if communication […]

Does an employer have to keep a record of the hours that an employee works?

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Working Time and Hours The answer is, yes, according to a case that went before the European Court of Justice.   Due to the direct effect of EU law, the ruling will have implications for UK employers and may require the amendment of the Working Time Regulations 1998, depending on how long we remain in the […]

When can an employer take ‘positive action’ in discrimination?

‘positive action’ in discrimination

The Employment Tribunal recently reached a decision about Positive Action in the case of Mr M Furlong v The Chief Constable of Cheshire Police [2018]. This case is about a relatively little used, but an often controversial, legal right employers can adopt to take positive steps to redress under representation in their workplaces. The Law […]

Does an employer have to postpone a disciplinary hearing pending the outcome of a police investigation?

Dealing with disciplinary issues This was the question before the Court of Appeal in the case of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust v Gregg. The Law Where an employee’s alleged misconduct is also the subject of a police investigation, the question arises as to whether the employer should put on hold the disciplinary action […]

Protecting your business from departing employees and the impact of social media

Post-termination restrictions and social media Departing employees are often well-placed to take advantage of confidential information, strategic plans, customer and client details or other information about your business, after the termination of their employment. They may attempt to use this information for the benefit of their new employer, or in order to set up a […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 4

be the best employer

Hold regular appraisals, one to one’s and pay attention to staff development I can guarantee that an employee who is in dispute with their employer will say, “I didn’t even have an appraisal”. Although it is not a legal requirement, it is certainly a factor in employee’s minds when considering what constitutes a good quality […]

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