On 10 May the government published a policy paper that is a mix of the government’s vision for delivering an improved regulatory framework and covers a number of proposed changes to employment law, one of which is about restrictive covenants, specifically, non-compete clauses. This article covers the changes proposed that are commonly included in employment contracts.
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.
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.