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Coming Out of Lockdown – Employment Considerations: What to Expect in This Next Phase of “Business Unusual”

The UK government is considering relaxing its lockdown restrictions, and our clients are starting to model what a return to the workplace may look like. Katten has set out some of the common questions we have been getting, and the employment law considerations, in case of use.  1. How to Come Off Furlough? An agreement was needed from an employee to cease all work in relation to their employment…

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Employment Law Changes 2020

The Government intends to introduce a new Employment Bill which will include some changes already anticipated by the Good Work Plan. The Employment Bill will provide for: The right to request a more stable and predictable contract after 26 weeks’ service; The right to neonatal leave and pay for parents of premature or sick babies; A single market enforcement agency to better ensure that vulnerable workers are aware of…

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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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13 Million Brits To Request Permanent Flexible Working Once Lockdown Is Lifted

44 per cent of workers plan to ask for permanent flexible working arrangements after coronavirus restrictions are fully lifted – more than 13 million people Saving time and money, along with prioritising family and health are key drivers behind the desired move to long term flexible working arrangements HR directors expect 70 per cent of the workforce will have some form of flexible arrangement after coronavirus restrictions are fully…

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Video Interviews – some tips..

1   Find the best environment and video background Find a private, quiet location where you won’t be interrupted. Find a simple, neutral background and ensure that your shot is well-lit. It’s best to have the light source coming from in front of you. Adjust the lighting if required once the shot is set up. 2   Technology & MS Teams You will need a laptop with a webcam,…

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is set to close at the end of October, and many employers will be forced to consider making redundancies

The following list highlights some important points for employees to be aware of regarding their rights in respect of redundancy. Redundancy pay Employees on furlough leave retain the same rights to redundancy payments. Employees with two years’ service are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment. This amounts to 0.5, 1 or 1.5 week’s pay for each full year the employee has worked for the employer capped at 20 years, the amount dependent on the employee’s age Employees will receive 0.5 week’s pay for each full year they…

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