Summary of employment law coming into place in April 2022

Eight key changes for employers to know about this April. Covid-related changes – 1 April 2022 The following changes will take effect on 1 April 2022: Self-isolation:those with Covid symptoms will be encouraged to “exercise personal responsibility” and show consideration to others, but will not be required, nor advised, to stay at home. Covid testing:free lateral flow and PCR testing will end for the general public (PCR tests will remain…

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UK Job Vacancies Slipped To Lowest Levels In 8 Months In December

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, job vacancies in the UK slipped to their lowest levels in eight months in December Meanwhile, a report from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) revealed 79% of businesses are experiencing difficulties recruiting people, particularly construction and hospitality firms.  The findings further contribute to the evidence that the arrival of the omicron variant of coronavirus has setback the UK’s economic recovery. …

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October News. Further drop in candidate availability

Slower increases in permanent placements Candidate availability continues to drop rapidly as demand for staff rises further Starting salary inflation hits fresh series peak Starting salary inflation hits fresh series record in October Adjusted for seasonal factors, the Permanent Salaries Index signalled a sharp and accelerated rise in salaries awarded to new permanent joiners in the South of England in October. Furthermore, the rate of pay inflation reached a…

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Recruitment Activity August 21

Permanent staff appointments expand at record rate Unprecedented decline in availability of workers Starting salary inflation hits fresh series high Record increase in permanent placements during August After slowing in July, growth of permanent staff appointments across the South of England accelerated to a fresh series high in August. The rapid upturn was frequently linked by recruiters to increased market activity following the relaxation of pandemic measures and greater…

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Employment Market Snaphot – June 21

Return to more normal business operations, improved market confidence and greater demand for staff all drove a further marked increase in recruitment activity in June. Permanent staff appointments expanded at the quickest rate since the survey began in October 1997. 
Unprecedented increase in demand for workers 
The upturn in demand for workers gathered further momentum in June, with overall vacancies rising to the greatest extent in the near 24-year…

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A return to the workplace

On 5 July 2021, the Prime Minister announced the UK government’s plans to lift the remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021 following a further review of the health crisis on 12 July 2021 (with varying timeframes across the other nations of the United Kingdom).  Should the lifting of restrictions be confirmed on 12 July, it is expected that there will no longer be legal limits on social contact…

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Covid and return to work

Summary At the time of writing, the Government has published its provisional roadmap out of lockdown and employers are beginning to consider when and how employees may return to the workplace. This article considers some potential options and possible risks relating to a return to work. Can employers force employees to return to work after lockdown? It is a general principle of English employment law that employees must comply…

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United Kingdom: Employment law changes coming into effect on 6 April 2021

Key takeaways National minimum wage – The annual increases in national minimum wage rates will apply, taking the minimum salary of those aged 23 or over to GBP 8.91 per hour. For further information, please see our update here. Increase of limits of tribunal awards – The following increases in tribunal awards will take place. In cases involving dismissal, the new rates will apply where the effective date of termination falls on…

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Recruitment rebounds as lockdown loosens

Improved market confidence among employers has led to the sharpest rise in permanent appointments in six years. As the government outlined its roadmap for lifting lockdown, and with Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths all falling, temporary billings also grew at the fastest rate since 2017. The latest UK Report on Jobs, compiled for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG, shows that demand for workers grew rapidly in March…

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