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A guide to right to work checks

Chloe Pereira
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We’ve published a few articles about right to work checks but especially in this post Brexit era it remains a hot topic and, understandably, source of confusion for many. We’ve put together a high-level guide to hopefully steer you through...

Legal challenges in the headlines

Chloe Pereira
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Taking a look at some legal challenges in the headlines, including mandatory vaccinations, furlough and short term working and ethnicity pay gap reporting.

The legal right to disconnect

Chloe Pereira
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In a recent study conducted by Autonomy, a future of work think-tank, working from home during COVID-19 has been linked to an epidemic of hidden overtime, having negative effects on workers'...

Autumn and Winter government COVID plan

Chloe Pereira
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On 14 September the government posted an updated plan for managing covid throughout the upcoming autumn/winter seasons. In it, it reports that “data continues to show that the link between cases, hospitalisations, and deaths has weakened significantly...

What does 'Freedom Day' mean for employers?

Chloe Pereira
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Every time I hear the term ‘Freedom Day’ I think of Bill Pullman’s speech in Independence Day. Google the YouTube clip - a lot of the words are surprisingly apt. But the 19 th  July in the real world was, thankfully, less dramatic. A...

Employing European Nationals - calculating sponsorship costs

Chloe Pereira
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The impact of Brexit means any EU national who doesn’t qualify for the settled status scheme which closed for applications on 30 June 2021 won’t be able to work lawfully in the UK without sponsorship.

Seven reasons to update your shareholders' agreement

Ayda Farid
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If you go into business with someone else, we regularly advise that you should put a Shareholders Agreement in place. A regular review and update is necessary to reflect business growth and evolution.

Compulsory Jabs for Care Home Workers

Chloe Pereira
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Following a 6-week consultation which ran from 14 April to 26 May 2021, the government confirmed on 16 June that compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations will be introduced for care home workers.

Will home working become a right for all?

Chloe Pereira
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There has been much media furore over whether the government will force employers to allow employees to work from home – but it looks like a storm in a teacup, at least for now.

The £2.5 million Tribunal award

Melissa Nelson
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Being the Respondent that has to pay the second largest disability discrimination award ever made by the Employment Tribunal was probably not the sort of publicity Kellog Brown and Root (UK) Ltd were aiming for. Background The Claimant in the case of ...

What do I do about...mental health wellbeing?

Chloe Pereira
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Mental health issues are nothing new, but the pandemic and its various knock on effects has seen a surge in people experiencing challenges with their mental health wellbeing. But this remains an area that some employers find tricky to recognise, address and...

Manual right to work checks back from 21 June

Chloe Pereira
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**UPDATE 31 AUGUST 2021** - MANUAL RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS NOW DELAYED UNTIL 5 APRIL 2022. The Home Office faced backlash from employers and industry bodies for announcing an end to virtual right to work checks from 17 May. This was despite the rule still...

Does Innovation extend to your employment practices?

Chloe Pereira
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There’s a growing trend of doing things differently, and it’s extending to employers’ approach to their employment practices. Honest Burgers have a down to earth tone running through their marketing and social media presence – think...

Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - The (not so) Grand Finale S6, E7

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The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - The (not so) Grand Finale (S6, E7) So there it was, the episode we’d all been waiting for, and how was it? The views in my household were: ...

Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - the one with the best quote S6, E6

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The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - the one with the best quote (S6, E6) It was the penultimate episode, containing a record-breaking 29-minute AC-12 interview and what might...

Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - Who shot who? S6 E5

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The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - Who shot who? (S6, E5) The tension continues to build as this week sees Fleming carrying a gun for protection against Pilkington – even...

Are we not confused? Copycat caterpillars Colin vs Cuthbert

Sean Gorman
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The M&S legend that is ‘Colin the caterpillar’ hit the headlines yesterday - not for its delicious chocolatey face or to debate its status as a ‘national treasure’ - but because M&S believe Aldi’s copycat version ‘Cuthbert’ is a blatant infringement on its trademark.

6 questions for employers about vaccine mandates

Simon Tovey
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Simon Tovey in our Employment team has come up with a comprehensive list of questions all employers should ask before introducing a vaccine mandate. It's a long read but well worth it if you're considering requiring your employees to have the COVID vaccine, taking into account risks to be aware of and consider in advance.

Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - I knew it! S6 E4

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The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - I knew it! (S6, E4) My favourite episode so far, mainly because it confirmed so many of my suspicions I’m thinking of starting a private...

Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - What a crime series can teach us about birds, as well as HR S6 E3

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The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - What a crime series can teach us about birds, as well as HR (S6, E3) Well, we didn’t have to wait long for the Pilkington storyline to...

Chloe's Line of Duty HR Blog - S6 Ep1

Chloe Pereira
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A few years ago Chloe wrote a very popular blog series reviewing The Apprentice episodes - a light-hearted roundup from a HR and employment law perspective. She's back but this time with the ever popular Line Of Duty series. At best you claim watching the show and reading her series as CPD - at worst it'll be a complete spoiler if you haven't already watched the episode.

More changes to our immigration system

Chloe Pereira
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The government’s plan is to modernise our immigration system to help the UK attract and retain the most highly skilled, globally mobile talent – particularly in academia, science, research and technology.

What does it mean if vaccines become mandatory by law?

Chloe Pereira
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What does it mean for employers if vaccines become mandatory by law? A leaked government paper suggests that care home workers, and potentially frontline healthcare workers, will be legally required to have the COVID jab

Influential women in law and the laws that made it possible

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A look back through the history books at the influential women in law and the laws passed that changed history for women in the workplace.

Uber loses in the Supreme Court

Melissa Nelson
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On 19 February 2021 the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Uber's final appeal, finding that Uber drivers are considered to be workers. The case centred around the vexed question of employment status.

Driver dismissed for refusing to wear a face mask in his vehicle

Melissa Nelson
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Deimantas Kubilius worked for his employer, Kent Foods Limited (‘Kent Foods’), as a Class 1 Driver from 25 July 2016 until his dismissal without notice on 25 June 2020. On 21 May 2020 Mr Kubilius had been making a delivery at Tate and...

What can you do about preventing harassment in the workplace?

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Discrimination and harassment cases cost time, money, and reputation, not to mention the impact it can have on the victim. Setting aside some time to reflect on the subject of the statutory defence now, and whether there is more that could be done in your organisation (and acting on it if so) could be time well spent.

Employee Engagement - why it's important

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The importance of employee engagement can’t be overstated – employee engagement strategies have been proven to reduce staff turnover, improve productivity and efficiency, retain customers at a higher rate, and make more profit.

COVID Vaccination and testing in the workplace

Chloe Pereira
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With the COVID vaccination programme underway and the government encouraging those who are symptom free to get tested every 2 weeks, employers are considering how far they can go in requiring employees to get vaccinated and tested.

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?

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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.