Category Archives: General Updates

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 […]

Coronavirus: Update for Employers

SSP what has actually changed so far? Changes to Statutory Sick Pay legislation (SSP) were published and came into force last week, however the only change was to the definition of when someone qualifies for SSP. The new temporary regulation states: “he is – (i) isolating himself from other people in such a manner as […]

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 […]

Employment law news and developments

What do you need to know about (other than coronavirus!) With the corona virus pandemic very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds at present, here is a roundup of some employment law news and developments you may have missed: Government launches campaign to highlight workers’ rights to paid holiday   The campaign, launched on […]

Changes to Employment Law in April 2020

 What do employers need to know? On 6 April 2020, new employment laws will be coming into force which all employers need to know about. Most of these changes result from the government’s Good Work Plan, which was published in December 2018, and seek to improve the employment rights of casual workers and those working […]

The Coronavirus: What do employers need to do?

Key risks in a Pandemic or crisis The Coronavirus continues to cause widespread panic around the world while world leaders continue to disagree over the best treatment and the best way to halt the spread of the disease. So, what should businesses be doing to cope with this, and continue to trade and thrive in […]

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 […]

Pregnancy, maternity and redundancy: Your questions answered

What do you need to know? In a recent case before the Southampton Employment Tribunal, beauty company, Liz Earle (based near our Head Office on the Isle of Wight), was found to have discriminated against a former employee because of her pregnancy.   The case against the well-known beauty brand was reported widely in the national […]

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 […]

Employment law in the news: January 2020

A round-up of some of employment law cases that have been covered in the news recently. Ethical veganism protected by discrimination laws An Employment Tribunal in Norwich has held for the first time that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and therefore is protected under discrimination legislation. Regular readers of our fortnightly newsletters will know […]

Practical Christmas Party Guidance

What should you consider this festive season to prevent issues from arising? Ok, so it is that time of year again and the employment lawyers/HR people are all writing about the perils and pitfalls of Christmas Parties, but what’s the big deal you may ask? It’s only a bit of harmless fun, a time to […]

How to deal with personal relationships at work

Employee relationships We spend a great deal of time with our colleagues and sharing the highs and lows of working life means that we often form strong bonds with them. So, relationships are bound to develop, be they fleeting fancies, long-term dating, illicit affairs, or something that leads to wedding bells. However, in the wake of […]

New Acas Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace

To coincide with World Menopause Day on 18 October 2019,  Acas published new guidance for employers and managers to help support staff affected by symptoms of menopause at work. Acas reports that over 2 million women over 50 experience difficulties at work due to menopausal symptoms and that 1 in 20 women are estimated to […]

What’s new in the world of Employment Law And HR – September /October 2019

An update for Employers & HR professionals Here’s a round-up of some recent legal developments plus a few interesting news stories: There was some good news for…. Clowns – who may have found a new line of work (in New Zealand at least).   Although more likely to be seen at a child’s birthday party than […]

Is the use of an Electronic Signature legally compliant?

Electronic Signatures For Legal Documents The Law Commission have confirmed that documents signed electronically, even when a statutory requirement for a signature predates our digital age, have legal force. This is an extremely helpful attempt to clear up lingering doubts over the issue. In the final report of a government-commissioned study, some 124 pages long, the commission […]

Is there a legal maximum temperature at work?

As temperatures continue to soar, many employees are struggling to keep their cool at work. So, when is it too hot to work? The Law Unfortunately, there is not one, clear rule for when the temperatures rise, and the law is generally unhelpful for all those suffering in the heat. An employer is expected to prevent the […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 7

In the modern age of technology and new methods of working there are ways in which even the most old-fashioned organisation can embrace a degree of flexibility for staff. There really is no easier way to make someone feel appreciated and happy than to give them some flexibility when they need it. This need not […]

The employment of children: Guidance for employers

The Isle of Wight Council have recently reminded employers of child employment legislation, designed to protect children’s rights in the workplace. With the summer holidays looming, parents may be looking forward to their children taking their first steps into the adult world of work by getting their first summer job, and perhaps, finally being able to […]

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