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The UK's new immigration system is live

Chloe Pereira
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Those employers who already hold a sponsor licence will have received notification that the online Sponsor Management System was updated with effect from 1 December 2020.

Why employers need to take the menopause seriously

David Westell
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The menopause is a natural part of ageing for women that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age but menopause is not just an issue for women: it’s an organisational issue.

Employment law changes in 2021

Chloe Pereira
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As we approach the end of what has been a truly one of a kind year (we hope!) here’s a reminder of what to look out for in the employment law world in 2021.

Linking performance management with employee engagement

David Westell
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Performance management and employee engagement have traditionally been two separate facets of HR's role. But, in order to get the most from their people, organisations should look at aligning the two.

Modern Slavery statement changes

David Westell
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The Government has confirmed that it is going ahead with major changes to the duty on large employers to publish an annual modern slavery statement.

Furlough scheme and redundancies - a change in policy?

Darren Stevens
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Last night (10 November), the government published updated guidance notes dealing with how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ( CJRS ) will work between 1 November and 31 March, when it is due to end. They are available  here. Who is this opinion...

Job Retention Scheme extended... again

Chloe Pereira
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Speaking in the Commons on 5 November, Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to the end of March 2021.

Managing back-logs of annual leave

Chloe Pereira
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One of the employment side effects of the COVID pandemic is back logs of annual leave – whether because employees have been on furlough, working so much they couldn’t take holiday, or cancelling it because they couldn’t travel. 

Understanding sick pay and COVID-19

Chloe Pereira
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With winter fast approaching, government support schemes changing and the ‘R’ rate ever fluctuating, we take a look at the latest position on self-isolation and sick pay.

What can employers do to support their B.A.M.E workforce?

Chloe Pereira
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Employers know that the Equality Act sets out the minimum standards required of employers, to prevent and protect individuals from race discrimination in the workplace. But making a difference takes more than doing the bare minimum.

Supporting Mental Health at work

Stephen Gerring
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What do you do if you’re faced with an employee who is struggling with their mental health? From time to time we all need help dealing with issues that might seem too much to cope with – whether they’re personal or professional. ...

The new Job Support Scheme

Chloe Pereira
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The government has announced that from 1 November, for 6 months, a new Job Support Scheme will step in to protect jobs in businesses which face lower demand over winter due to COVID-19.

Support for young workers - Kickstart scheme

Chloe Pereira
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A new scheme has been launched to support young workers called the ‘Kickstart scheme’. It’s aim is to encourage employers to create 6 month placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

The practicalities of home-working

Chloe Pereira
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Since our last piece about home-working becoming the new norm, we’ve been inundated with questions about employers’ obligations to their employees who are working from home.

Managing annual leave during Coronavirus

Rachel Easton
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On 26 March 2020, the Government introduced a temporary change to the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). New guidance released on 13 May 2020 further details the changes and clarifies the position on carrying over annual leave.  

Considering the alternatives to redundancy

Melissa Nelson
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Before starting a redundancy process, it’s important to consider how you can reduce costs in other ways. This article covers some suggestions to consider you may consider to reduce costs in alternative ways.

The rise of collective redundancy consultation

Rachel Easton
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As employers look to the long-term viability of their businesses, we are seeing more employers implement collective redundancy consultation processes.

Furlough - the latest Q&A

Chloe Pereira
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Our employment lawyers answer your questions about the changes to the furlough scheme, including how flexible furlough will work.

How will Flexible furlough work?

Darren Stevens
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The government has published its latest guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how the "flexible furlough" scheme will work from 1 July 2020. Darren Stevens, our Head of Employment summarises the key changes.

Deadline to use Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Chloe Pereira
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Deadline to take advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – 10 June   Last month The Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out details to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) also known as the ‘furlough scheme’ and...

Key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 29 May 2020

Chloe Pereira
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The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) on Friday 29 May 2020.  Summary of key changes From  1 August  employers will have to cover  National Insurance...

Coronavirus...advice to employers on how to manage your business and workforce

Darren Stevens
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In the event of a widespread coronavirus outbreak in the UK, employers will need to think through how they’ll respond to some difficult employee related issues within the broader context of business continuity planning. This Q&A identifies some...

The cat's out of the bag...

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Whistleblowing The eagle-eyed among you may have seen the recent reports of the Supreme Court’s judgement against the Royal Mail Group, if so you can’t be blamed if you lost interest in reading further...

Do sweat the small stuff...

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into  Employment Checks and Contracts You’ve spent a lot of time and effort searching for the perfect person to fill that vacant position in your company. It may have cost you agency and selection fees –...

X Need Not Apply

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into S election and Recruitment A Cardiff framing shop is being investigated after posting this job advert: "Full time/apprenticeship for a local school leaver, preferably a boy, must be able to stay off his phone for...

Do it right...

Chloe Pereira
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We often hear from clients at the point a situation with an underperforming employee has become unbearable. Managers are focused on their own day to day job and contributing to the success of the business and there are usually added factors creating a...

Tis the Season to be well behaved

Chloe Pereira
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With the festive season fast approaching and the social calendar starting to fill up, events fuelled with high spirits (in more than one sense) can be a recipe for disaster where employees are concerned. Inappropriate comments, language and behaviour are...

Winter is coming

Chloe Pereira
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Forget wolves, walls and the Houses of Westeros, a challenge facing businesses at this time of year is higher levels of germs, sickness and absence. In 2017 the Office for National Statistics reported that the average number of sick days taken by UK workers...

A contract must never be broken...

Chloe Pereira
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That sounds right, doesn’t it? If an employee agrees to certain terms in their employment contract, like giving notice if they want to leave, then they should stick to that. So what happens when they leave you in the lurch? Realistically, this is a...

Constructive dismissal - don't be in the dark

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our insight into Constructive Dismissal. Constructive dismissal is a legal concept which is quite commonly misunderstood and employers can put themselves at risk of such claims unknowingly. Changing an aspect of an employee’s role or...

Supporting World Mental Health Day

Stephen Gerring
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All young people deserve the best start in life but too often, young people with a mental health problem are not able to fulfil their potential. We know that our mental health and wellbeing are vital to our ability to thrive and achieve.  One in ten...

Bullying and Harassment

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Bullying and Harassment in Employment. Sticks and stones may break my bones... Whether you are ending this sentence in the style of Rhianna, or instead the classic school playground limerick might suggest a lot about your...

New family friendly rights in the pipeline

Melissa Nelson
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  Current position? Employees on maternity leave have the right to be prioritised over other employees who are at risk of redundancy if a suitable alternative vacancy is available. Parents on adoption leave have the same protection, as do parents on...

Is Positive Action the answer to improving workplace diversity?

Simon Tovey
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Click here for our Insight into Discrimination and Positive Action. Improving diversity in the workplace continues to be a hot topic for discussion in employment law.  Whether it concerns the proportion of women on Boards, the breakdown of MPs in...

There's nothing black and white about race discrimination

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Race Discrimination in Employment. It’s pretty obvious to us all that treating an employee or colleague badly because of their race will be unlawful discrimination – to be technical, that’s direct...

Is there a truce in sight for the battle of the sexes?

Chloe Pereira
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Click here for our Insight into Sex Discrimination in Employment. Equality between men and women is an age old battle, but one which has ramped up significantly in recent years when it comes to workplace rights. The #metoo movement prompted a huge...

Coping with Mental Health

Stephen Gerring
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So, you are faced with an employee that is struggling to cope and whilst you had noticed some performance issues you thought they would work it out themselves? Now they are unloading their personal issues, the recent divorce, the daughter self-harming, and...

Shareholder Agreements - the 'pre-nups' of the corporate world

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Owning shares in a company is a big commitment. It’s further complicated when you add other people into the mix. It’s human nature to focus on the positives at the outset of a business relationship and in fact that will be the key to forging a...

Brexit Meltdown - is Freedom of Movement Ending?

Chloe Pereira
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With the Government moving the goalposts as often as our Summer comes and goes it can be difficult to work out what the current party line is when it comes to EU nationals in the UK come Brexit day. In January 2019 the Government published information which...

Is it still taboo to talk about it?

Stephen Gerring
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It's never easy telling someone about your mental health. It's never easy trying to explain the heavy feeling in your chest, the lack of motivation you have, the heavy head and whirlwind of sad thoughts constantly sitting in the back of your...

Billy and Johnny come out to play...with Asbestos?

Stephen Gerring
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The Department for Education has finally published its asbestos management assurance process report, based on an extensive survey of schools that launched well over a year ago. Of the 19,522 schools that participated in the survey, responses from 3,485...

Workplace discrimination and harassment: Our view on the latest report from the Women & Equalities Committee

Simon Tovey
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It feels like almost every week another report or consultation document emerges in relation to workplace discrimination and harassment.  On 30 July 2019 a report was published by the Women & Equalities Committee (“WEC”) on Enforcing the...

Holiday pay: one step forward, two steps back?

Amanda Brown
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Just when we thought that there might be a degree of certainty over the calculation of holiday pay, it seems it may be a case of one step forward and two steps back! The starting point To break it down, employees are entitled to a minimum of at least...

Q&A: Sponsoring employees from outside the EEA

Chloe Pereira
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Senior Employment Lawyer, Chloe Pereira has featured in the latest edition of South East Business answering one of the most asked questions when it comes to sponsoring employees.  For more information about our Immigration - Tier 2 (General)...

Public holidays and your legal obligations

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Since the glorious Easter weekend we’ve received a number of queries regarding staff holiday and pay entitlement. With more bank and public holidays on the horizon, we wanted to share the answers to some of the most asked questions… 1....

Happy International Women's Day

Kirsty Budden
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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day - a time to reflect on the progress made in the movement for women’s rights and honour the achievements of women.  2019 also marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919,...

The 'B' Word

Chloe Pereira
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*Sigh* - when will we hear the end of it? You know… Brexit . Just the B word itself has developed this energy sapping property such that it’s become the unmentionable: “It Which Must Not Be Named”. I know I’m not the only one...