From 1st September, grants under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme were reduced to cover only 70% of employee’s average salary. Furloughed employees are, however, still entitled to at least 80% their average earnings; the onus is therefore now on employers to top up the grant to ensure that the minimum is met. With a further…

At the end of July, the government published a policy paper on the Job Retention Bonus, a one-off taxable payment that can be claimed by employers who continue to keep furloughed employees in meaningful employment after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes in October. Any employer who made a successful claim for employees under…

HMRC has released updated guidance on the Flexible Furlough Scheme which will come into effect on 1st July. The new guidance has been released in the form of updates to existing pages as well as a series of new guides dedicated to calculating claims. We’ve highlighted some of the key changes coming into force from…

Earlier this week the government released 8 guidance documents regarding health and safety in the workplace. The guides are designed to help employers minimise the risk of infection as many now look to reopen their premises. Whilst each document provides guidance for a specific workplace, below is a summary of the steps all employers are…

In April, the Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeal’s decision in 2018 that Morrisons Plc was vicariously liable for a disgruntled employee’s offences under the Data Protection Act 1998. In reaching its decision the court found that the employee had disclosed data in satisfaction of an “irrational grudge” and in doing so had acted…

Yesterday the Treasury released their direction to HMRC regarding its authority to make payments to employers for the remuneration of furloughed workers. Please take note of the following changes to earlier guidance: • Employees who were on your payroll on 19th March 2020 and who were paid by that date will be eligible for furlough….

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…

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