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The New Job Support Scheme

28th September 2020

On 24th September, the Chancellor announced the broad outline of the new Job Support Scheme (JSS). In broad terms, the JSS seeks to enable short time working whilst ensuring that employees are still able to earn sufficient wages to survive and companies receive some help with their payroll costs.


17th March 2020

On a national level, what is the government doing to avoid mass unemployment? At the time of writing, Monday 16th March, the UK government’s responses seem to fall well short of their European counterparts. The extent of the current measures taken by the government to support businesses can be found here.

Coronavirus And Pay – What Employers And Employees Need To Know

4th March 2020

It will come as no surprise that we are getting an increasing number of enquiries about the Coronavirus from worried employers and employees.

When dealing with an employee in quarantine with no symptoms, whether they are entitled to any pay depends on who decides that the employee should not attend work and why.

How to dismiss an employee with less than 2 years’ service?

20th July 2018

An employee needs 2 years’ service to claim unfair dismissal. Many employers are aware of this. We found that our clients can have contrasting assumptions or attitudes about dismissing an employee under 2 years. Many employers assume that they can safely dismiss for any reason, others are very conservative and are prepared to follow a […]

GDPR for employers

29th March 2018

We are sure this not the first blog article you read about GDPR and the threat of its €20,000,000 fine. One of the areas that is very often overlooked is data protection in the employment context. With the GDPR coming into force on 25th May 2018, it is a good time to be considering what […]

Commission only worker entitled to claim 13 years’ worth of holiday pay

22nd February 2018

At the end of last year whilst UK newspapers were busy rejoicing about Prince Harry having finally popped the question, the European Court of Justice delivered yet another blow to UK employers which should have a far greater impact on them than the royal wedding. The court found that Mr King, a commission only sales […]

How To Negotiate A Job Offer

16th August 2017

I am often involved in negotiating terms of employment for new employees. I imagine job offer negotiations are a little like the discussions you would have when negotiating a prenuptial agreement. The recruitment process was the courtship and both parties are looking forward to a bright future.  The manager trying to woo the new employee […]

An Employer’s Guide to Restrictive Covenants

5th July 2017

Let’s begin with what restrictive covenants actually are: simply put, they are clauses in employee contracts that are designed to restrict ex-employees from specific actions that could be seen as detrimental to the well-being of a business or its competitive advantage.  For example, an employee who leaves to set up a company of their own, […]

Top Tips for Managing Probation Periods

22nd June 2017

When you employ a new employee, you are trusting your recruitment process to be robust and to whittle out the people who are overselling themselves or simply can’t do the job. Reality kicks in when the new employee starts. In most circumstances, you will have got the recruitment process right, but what do you do […]


21st May 2015

This is an article in French written by Julie published in Le Guide des Affaires Royaume Uni 2015 by Business France. De nombreuses entreprises françaises au Royaume Uni vivent avec l’impression que le droit du travail britannique est inexistant. Comparé au code du travail et aux conventions collectives qui s’appliquent aux employeurs français, le dispositif législatif […]