Category Archives: Employment

Employer Support: Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme – UPDATE

March 30, 2020 | Marianne |

Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme

Following on from the Government’s announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we now have some further information about the scheme following updated guidance issued by the Government (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme). In summary, the following will apply: •  Employers will be able to apply to HMRC for a grant to cover 80 per cent of an employee’s … Read More >>

Employer Support: Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme

March 23, 2020 | Marianne |

Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme

In the midst of a period of uncertainty for all sectors across the U.K, it was a welcome change for us all to hear the Chancellor’s announcement on Friday 20 March that the Government will cover up to 80% of employee costs if your business has no work for them. Guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 This is an incredible … Read More >>

Right to a Written Employment ‘Contract’ From Day 1

March 2, 2020 | John Norrie |

written employment contract

Currently, employers are only required to give new employees a written employment ‘contract’ stating their main terms and conditions within two months of starting work. Following the governments Good Work Plan, the requirements will change for those starting work on or after 6 April 2020. In summary, the changes are: The obligation will extend to … Read More >>

Ethical Veganism – A Protected Belief Under The Equality Act 2010

February 28, 2020 | John Norrie |

ethical veganism

In the recent case of Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports an employment tribunal ruled that ethical veganism can be a philosophical belief worthy of protection under the Equality Act 2010. It is well known that the Act (which protects against discrimination, harassment and victimisation) covers religion and religious beliefs. It is less well known … Read More >>

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace ? EHRC Guidance

February 19, 2020 | Marianne |

harassment in the workplace

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new guidance in relation to sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace. In this blog we will look at the guidance, and what it means for employers. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination and harassment because of, or related to, one or more of the nine … Read More >>

Parental Bereavement Leave ? what you need to know

February 11, 2020 | Marianne |

Parental bereavement leave

In January 2020, the government confirmed that paid parental bereavement leave will be introduced for eligible employees on 6 April 2020. Here we look at the new entitlements, and discuss how employers can support staff going through a bereavement. Quite amazingly, there has been no legal obligation for employers to provide paid time off for … Read More >>

Election 2019: Implications for Employment Law

December 13, 2019 | Marianne |

employment law

As we wake up this morning we are presented with the seismic shift in the landscape of UK politics with the Conservatives taking control of the House of Commons with a landslide victory. Whilst the reality of what lies ahead in the next 5 years remains to be seen, there will of course be an … Read More >>

Government Launches Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

July 29, 2019 | John Norrie |

Sexual harassment in the workplace

The government has just launched a consultation on how to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. The consultation seeks views on how employers can be encouraged to better prioritise the prevention of sexual harassment. Consideration is being given to a new duty to require employers to actively protect staff from harassment in the workplace. This … Read More >>

Brexit ? what are the employment implications for businesses?

February 28, 2019 | Marianne |

employment implications brexit

As we approach 29 March there are changing levels of uncertainty around what might happen when the UK leaves the European Union, it is a good time to consider what options your business might have to take ahead of a possible Brexit. The current position is that at 11pm on 29 March 2019 the United … Read More >>