September 15, 2020

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance Update

Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve been keeping people informed on how businesses and industries should operate in line with changing government guidance. Here is the latest guidance since lockdown measures were tightened again on 14th September. Last week, the UK reported a significant increase in the rise of cases that match the rate of…

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September 9, 2020

An Update From Anthony | September 2020

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, now is perhaps a good time to reflect on how we at Moorepay have dealt with the situation and what we’ve learnt. In previous communications, I shared the steps we pledged to take to support our customers, to continue to pay their people on time and in line…

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September 3, 2020

How Employers Can Prepare for Potential Lockdown in Schools

The reopening of schools this September removes a critical barrier to many working parents returning to the office. But what happens to working parents if schools close again? And how can you, as an employer, manage the disruption? It’s ‘back to school’ time again in England and Wales, with many children starting the new year…

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September 2, 2020

Considerations When Returning to the Workplace

As the children go back to school at the start of September, the government are launching a campaign to encourage the UK workforce to move back to their normal place of work. But what do employers need to consider before moving staff back into the workplace? In July the Office for National Statistics reported that…

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August 28, 2020

Can Employees Refuse to Return to the Workplace?

As lockdown restrictions ease, many employers are now considering returning their employees to the workplace. Given the risk of COVID-19 is still present, can employees refuse to return to the workplace? And what are your rights as an employer? Blanket Refusal to Attend the Workplace Employees are required to carry out their contractually mandated duties…

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August 28, 2020

Working From Home on a Permanent Basis – Would it Work For Your Company?

What are the options for employers when responding to work from home requests on a more permanent basis? With the recent lockdown restrictions slowly being lifted and the government’s encouragement for those working from home to now start safely returning to work, many employers are having to rethink their stance on homeworking due to requests…

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August 27, 2020

How to Celebrate Your Payroll Staff This National Payroll Week

Did you know that your payroll staff are key workers? Celebrate them properly this National Payroll Week, beginning 7th September. Yes, we’ll admit it: it’s been a difficult year. With the pandemic affecting every business in the UK in different ways, as individuals we’ve been under a huge amount of both professional and personal strain.…

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August 25, 2020

What is a Mental Health First Aider?

We all know there’s still a stigma around mental health in the workplace. For many, it’s a taboo subject that we don’t talk about, with the expectation that it won’t impact upon our job if we keep quiet. But it’s very obvious this approach doesn’t help anyone – neither the employee who has the issue,…

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August 20, 2020

Did Sex Discrimination Lead to Dismissal at DS Smith Packaging Ltd?

An important case on the topic of sex discrimination was decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 5 June 2020. The Claimant, Adrienne Liebenberg, commenced her employment with DS Smith as a commercial director in November 2016. Her remuneration package was a basic salary of £200,000 per annum, a discretionary bonus of up to 50%…

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August 20, 2020

What Was The Recent Development in Religious Discrimination?

An important case on the topic of religion or belief discrimination was updated on 19 April 2020. Ms Bond was employed by Lads and Dads’ Barbers in Colwyn Bay since August 2016. She attended work regularly until 8 February 2017, thereafter through to her dismissal on the 11 July 2018, she remained an employee though…

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August 20, 2020

How to Encourage Social Distancing in the Workplace

The UK Government is easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and many businesses are now encouraging their staff to return to the workplace. But with the risk of infection still present, what should employers do to ensure employees are safe in the workplace? Advice from the Government on returning to work is: “if your workplace is open,…

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August 10, 2020

Will Irish Employers Have to Report on the Gender Pay Gap?

Irish Gender Pay Gap Reporting Proposals are in place to institute gender pay gap reporting in Ireland for employers in both the public and private sector, with employers expected to publish gender pay gaps in relation to hourly rates of pay, benefits in kind, and bonuses. Unlike the UK reporting framework, the size of organisations…

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