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Are redundancies the only option to save employee costs after the furlough scheme comes to an end?

Marie Horner
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The Government has confirmed that the job retention scheme has been extended until the end of October 2020. From 1st August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work on a part-time basis and the Government expects employers to pay a percentage of an...

Points-based immigration going ahead despite Covid-19 disruption

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According to a recent Home Office update, the new points-based immigration system due to take effect from January 2021 is not on the back-burner with the Covid-19 pandemic, but set to go ahead as planned.  The new system will apply to EU and non-EU...

Managing risk of claims by employees when lockdown is relaxed

Gillian Markland
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As an employer, you will have been focusing heavily on the financial and operational implications of the rapid lockdown. However, to stay ahead of the curve, you need to start thinking now about the many practical aspects of a potential relaxation in the...

Employment Law Update April 2020

Marie Horner
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  Employment Law Update April 2020 We live in challenging times. The Government is taking steps to keep the economy going during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Legislation is being enacted in weeks rather than years; guidance is being communicated...

Unwittingly triggering discrimination at work claims

Gillian Markland
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Equal opportunities legislation was introduced to provide a level playing field for everyone, so that every individual has the same opportunity for employment, training, pay and development as any other, irrespective of their...

Why you should have a Staff Handbook

Marie Horner
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A Staff Handbook is a written collection of an employer’s policies, procedures and practices which can cover a variety of topics including HR policies, employee code of conduct and operating rules. There is no legal requirement to have a Staff...

Protecting your business from employees who resign

Gillian Markland
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Key employees who work directly with clients and have access to confidential information can pose a risk to a business when they choose to leave. It is crucial that you do what you can to protect your interests. If not, departing employees...

Itemising hours worked on payslips

Marie Horner
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What’s on your payslip? If you pay members of staff a variable amount based on the time they work, you need to know that the way you draft your payslips is changing from April this year.  As we have mentioned at recent seminars, from April you...

Brexit - Making your business resilient

Matt Rowley
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We are all aware that the process of ‘Brexit’ is likely to involve considerable change whatever the short term and longer term outcomes. The challenge for business owners and senior managers is deciding how to prioritise and plan. Trying to...

Avoid Bank Holiday complications

Marie Horner
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With a positive flurry of Bank Holidays in May, we thought it topical to remind employers how best to avoid some unwitting complications in relation to Bank Holiday allowances. Employees do not have a statutory right to take time off at Bank Holidays, nor is...

Keeping on top of recent changes to employment rights

Marie Horner
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In addition to increases in the National Minimum Wage, employers need to remember that April brought in a number of other important changes, including those relating to termination payments, statutory family-related pay, sick pay and redundancy pay. To...

Useful GDPR summary aimed at smaller businesses

Gillian Markland
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If you are responsible for HR in your organisation, you will hopefully have locked onto the fact that new data protection rules (GDPR), coming into force on 25 May, have an impact on how you store and use employee and other personal data.  There is a...

The scope of the 'without prejudice' rule and when to use it

Gillian Markland
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A recent case will serve as a warning to employers when having 'without prejudice' conversations that they cannot select which parts of such conversations they rely on whilst, at the same time, argue that other parts cannot be relied upon. In the...

Harrowells helps women prisoners learn about employment rights as part of rehabilitation

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Women prisoners had a chance to learn about their employment rights when they return to work, thanks to voluntary community work led by Harrowells employment law partner, Marie Horner. Around 17 inmates at HM Prison Askham Grange, Askham Richard, attended a...

Podcast on what GDPR means for employers

Marie Horner
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More and more business owners and managers are becoming aware that new data protection rules (known as 'GDPR') come into force in May next year. What is not always appreciated is that the rules cover all aspects of personal data and that...

Start planning now for new data protection rules

Marie Horner
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New Data Protection Rules. They impact on every aspect of your business, from HR to marketing, so start planning now New rules concerning the storage, handling and use of data by organisations come into force in May next year – by virtue of the...

Can an employer monitor content of employee personal messages?

Gillian Markland
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Can an employer monitor the content of an employee’s personal messages sent from a work email account? Probably not. A recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Barbulescu v Romania has overturned an earlier...

Ask all job candidates the same questions about care responsibilities

Gillian Markland
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A recent successful compensation claim against the Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh highlights why it is important to ask all job candidates, male and female, the same questions about care responsibilities and how such responsibilities might affect...

Holiday Pay - the final decision on commission...for now!

Marie Horner
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The decision is in. The Supreme Court has refused permission for British Gas to appeal the holiday pay case brought by Mr Lock. What does that mean for employers? Essentially it means that any employees who earn results-based commission must have that...

Blurred lines - employee, self-employed or worker?

Marie Horner
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In light of the 'Uber' and 'Citysprint' Employment Tribunal decisions and the very recent 'Pimlico Plumbers' Court of Appeal decision, it is clear that 'Worker' status is highly topical, evolving and a potential pitfall for...

Tribunal rules council guilty of constructive dismissal of trainee solicitor

Marie Horner
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A trainee solicitor, who was bullied by his training principal and legal manager at a district authority in North Yorkshire, secretly taped review meetings where he was intimidated, an employment tribunal heard.  David Bowes, 27, discreetly taped...