November 9, 2020

Health and Safety Annual Update With Statistics

Surprising statistics have come out during this year’s annual update from the HSE. 5th November 2020 will be remembered as the date that England went into its second lockdown in 9 months to stem the spread of the COVID-19. However, it is also the date the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published their annual statistical…

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November 5, 2020

Extended CJRS (Furlough): What Employers Need to Know

On 5 November the Chancellor announced an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS, or furlough scheme). The CJRS will now run until March 2021 to protect businesses and employees during the second national lockdown. Meanwhile the Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to start on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the…

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October 28, 2020

Protecting Employees From Domestic Abuse

The Domestic Abuse Helpline has reported a concerning increase in the number of calls and online requests for help since the lockdown began in March 2020. It’s predicted that for every three months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million cases of gender-based violence are expected. With more people than ever working from home due…

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October 28, 2020

How to Support Employees During This Mental Health Crisis

As the UK enters the seventh month of lockdown, the quality of people’s mental health is deteriorating at a concerning rate. More than two thirds (69%) of adults are reportedly feeling worried about the effect the virus is having on their life. According to a survey by the Samaritans, just over 1 in 10 callers…

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October 27, 2020

Working From Home: Communicate, Motivate & Embrace the Change

After more than six months of life in lockdown, there’s clear evidence our new way of working may be extended for at least another six months. This year’s shift to working from home is beginning to look much more permanent. As a result, the focus of employers has now shifted from the basics of setting…

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October 27, 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme News: False Furlough Grant Claims

The trade union, Unite union, is pursuing a claim for unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract after a worker was told that he was expected to continue to work while furloughed. The employer Falconex strongly denies all the allegations. The trade union alleged that its member was told in May that…

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October 27, 2020

Did Home Care Staff Receive Unlawful Deduction of Wages?

An important case on the topic of the unlawful deduction of wages was decided by the Employment Law Tribunal on 3 September 2020. Recent Development in National Minimum Wage – Ms E Harris and 8 others v Kaamil Education, Diligent Care Services and Premier Carewaiting. A group of home care providers have been ordered to…

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October 27, 2020

How Did the LGBT Community Win Against Jaguar Land Rover Ltd?

An important sex discrimination case, and victory for the LGBT community, was decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 21 September 2020. Does protection under the Equality Act for those going through gender reassignment extend to those who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary? Yes, stated the Employment Tribunal in this case. The Government Equalities Office…

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October 25, 2020

The Future of Flexible Working Post Lockdown

Before the Coronavirus pandemic, around 5% of employees worked from home. When lockdown restrictions are lifted, it’s anticipated organisations will see an increase in flexible working requests. How organisations deal with flexible working requests moving forward, will be a key issue in the months to come and beyond. So, what does the law say about…

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October 25, 2020

The New Job Support Scheme: Explained

On 24th September, Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed his Winter Economy Plan to help Britain’s workforce as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. He announced a new package of support called the Job Support Scheme. It will be made available to employers who continue to need support after the Job Retention Scheme ends on 31st…

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October 19, 2020

Zellis Awarded Software Product of the Year

Moorepay’s parent company Zellis was awarded software product of the year by the CIPP during their Annual Excellence Awards. Judged by an independent panel, this prestigious award is given to software that enables companies to run their payroll in-house. Judges were looking for a solution that was compliant, user friendly, enabled best practice and was well…

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October 13, 2020

The Three Tiered System for Lockdown Explained

On October 12th, the Prime Minister announced significant changes to lockdown measures across England. This included introducing a three-tier system for regions across the UK. There is now a three tier strategy for lockdown restrictions per region. Find out what rules apply to each tier, how these changes will impact upon your business and considerations…

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