October 8, 2020

13 Million Brits To Request Permanent Flexible Working: How to Prepare

How has lockdown changed people’s attitudes to flexible and home working? Over 13 million people across the UK plan to ask to modify their long-term working pattern, according to new research by Direct Life Line. HR managers will have to be prepared for the influx of new requests once the current COVID-19 restrictions have been…

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September 30, 2020

Are You Keeping a Close Eye on Working Time?

In the current climate, many employees are working more flexibly than before the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s important to keep a close eye on the implications of such flexibility when it comes to assessing working time. Keep reading as we share a recent case of unfair constructive dismissal over working time. We also answer: Is…

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September 28, 2020

Keeping up Productivity as Homeworking Continues

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic Boris Johnson has announced that workers ‘who can work from home should do so’. This is a change from the previous campaign to encourage employees to return to offices. Employers spent time and money ensuring their workplaces were Covid secure and had plans in place to enable staff…

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September 27, 2020

Managing Annual Leave Requests for Employees Travelling Abroad: FAQs

People arriving in the UK from certain countries must self-isolate for 14 days and that list of countries is subject to change. With this in mind, employers must ask the right questions before approving annual leave requests. If you have questions about employees taking annual leave to go abroad, our FAQs are here to help…

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September 25, 2020

Should Employees be Paid for Annual Leave They Choose Not to Take?

During lockdown, many workers chose to cancel their scheduled annual leave due to a change in their travel plans. This left a large number of employees with vast amounts of accrued leave to take before the end of their holiday year. Some employees may be under the false impression that they are entitled to carry…

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September 22, 2020

“Work From Home if You Can”: How The Update Affects Your Business

New measures are to come into force in the UK to reduce the dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases. On 22nd September, changes were announced and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has advised people to work from home “if they can”. Westminster and the Devolved Administrations recently announced additional controls to reduce surge of COVID-19 cases…

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September 21, 2020

How is Agency Worker Status Changing Due to a New Case?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently ruled that individual workers for Royal Mail are indeed agency workers. Agency workers have the right to be treated no less favourably when compared to those who are employed by the organisation, as per the Agency Workers regulations 2010. This means they have the same right to basic…

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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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