Eligible employees You can claim for furloughed employees if they were on your PAYE payroll on 28th February. You must designate them as furloughed employees and confirm this in writing. To be eligible for reimbursement, the employees must have been furloughed for a minimum period of 3 weeks. This applies to every period of furlough…

Employment law is constantly evolving, now more so than ever. In this update we’re giving you some brief guidance on action you may want to consider during these uncertain times. Giving staff notice to take annual leave Many employers are asking us if they can request that their employees take annual leave in order to…

We are in uncertain times due to the worldwide impact of the corona virus. Whilst we hope that the “temporary, timely and targeted” measures being taken by the government will assist to prevent a situation like the one that we see in Italy, it would be naïve of us to not prepare for such an…

In January 2019, we updated you on the Government’s Good Work Plan which proposed various changes to employment law, focusing on ensuring fair and decent work, clarity for both employers and workers and fairer enforcement. On 6th April 2020 various regulations will come into force giving effect to those proposals. Terms and Conditions of Employment…

November and December are months when absence levels increase. Whilst a lot of this is related to the germs spreading due to dropping temperatures and increased time spent indoors, some of it is related to Christmas parties and last-minute Christmas shopping. Last month, the consultation period on the government’s ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ proposals closed….

Our October update is a focus on confidentiality and monitoring. These are areas that we are advising on more frequently and which have been more of a focus since the data protection changes. Covert Recordings – are they admissible? With the use of i-phones and other similar devices, you are best placed to assume that…

In June the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Whistleblowing released their report outlining the experiences of whistle-blowers in the UK and highlighting where legislation continues to fail individuals seeking its protection. Following responses from over 400 individuals the APPG have branded the current regulatory framework ‘complicated, cumbersome, obsolete and fragmented’. To remedy this the APPG…

If anyone had been lulled into a false sense of security by the absence of the much vaunted mega fines in the aftermath of GDPR coming into force, then they would have been rudely awakened when in July 2019 the ICO announced their intention to fine British Airways and Marriott International £183.39m and £99.2m respectively,…

The fundamental importance of the appeal stage of a dismissal has been reinforced recently by the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in Baldeh v Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District Ltd. Mrs Baldeh, a housing support worker, was dismissed by her employer at the end of a six month probationary period as a result of…

As we have recently passed the first anniversary of GDPR coming into force, we have taken stock of the changes and look forward to what lies ahead. In the first year: Businesses reported 14,000 personal data breaches to the ICO between 25 May 2018 and 1 May 2019, an increase of over 10,000 from the…

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