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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.

How can you prevent your staff from ignoring quarantine?

30th July 2020

As the government permits foreign travel again, and then suddenly revokes its own advice as the pandemic waxes and wanes unpredictably, employers continue to face challenging times and new problems.

It’s going to take more than a cheap meal to save UK employment

9th July 2020

There are two measures that are likely to be of direct interest to employers: The Job Retention Bonus (JRB) and the Kickstart Scheme. The JRB is intended to encourage employers to retain staff, and the Kickstart Scheme is aimed at addressing the problems with unemployment amongst the young in society.

CORONAVIRUS: WHAT IS THE UK GOVERNMENT DOING AND WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO? 

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.

Paternity leave in the United Kingdom: a big legislative step for men – a baby step for fathers.

10th December 2019

A Brave New World? Paternity leave is primarily a social issue that reflects the attitude of the population and legislature to the diversity of modern families and their gender relations. On the face of it, the United Kingdom is now an extremely open society that offers fathers a real opportunity to take part in the […]

The End of Employment Tribunal Fees

26th July 2017

The Supreme Court has this week ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful. The government will now have to repay fees circa £32 million to claimants. We discuss how this changes everything. Employment tribunal fees were introduced in the summer of 2013 and since then any claimant has had to pay a fee to lodge […]

Uber decision: does it affect your business?

7th November 2016

There has been a lot of publicity over the preliminary hearing to decide the status of the Uber taxi drivers. Much of the publicity has reported the decision incorrectly, describing the drivers as employees. This was not the decision of the tribunal. The tribunal concluded that the drivers are workers. The decision (which is worth a […]

Should you pay for travel time to work?

4th February 2016

The ECJ decision in Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones obreras (CC.OO.) v Tyco Integrated Security SL, (to keep it short let’s call it the Tyco decision) made the headlines in the UK last Thursday. Rarely has an ECJ decision attracted so much publicity. But what does it mean for you?

Compulsory Living Wage from April 2016

8th July 2015

In his budget announced today, George Osborne set out plans to introduce the Living Wage. From April 2016, the National Minimum Wage will be replaced by the Living Wage. The current National Minimum Wage rate for adults over 21 is £6.50, rising to £6.70 in October. George Osborne’s announcement is for a Living Wage for over […]