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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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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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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Emails Outside Work..are they illegal?

It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? The short answer is that ‘it depends’ and we need some test cases to clarify the situation, not least in…

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UK employment rights in a no-deal Brexit

Introduction What might a no-deal Brexit mean for UK employment rights? What could employers do now to prepare? And what might the future hold in a no-deal scenario? Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clear that he would be prepared to leave the European Union without a deal if necessary and the current legislation commits the United Kingdom to leaving the European Union at 11:00pm on 31 October 2019. Thus,…

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Employment Law the facts…

Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and their employees. It covers every aspect of employment from the hiring process through to the exit process, ensuring every individual is treated fairly. Employment law is potentially full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping up with developments and really thinking about your policies before carefully implementing them. Getting it wrong can be extremely expensive. There are seven areas of employment…

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The exemption from disclosure for confidential employment references….

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), which implemented many of its provisions, are now over a year old.  The aim of the GDPR was to increase the protection of individuals’ personal data.  Employees are better informed than ever of their data protection rights, with employers receiving an increased number of subject access requests from their employees. Interesting, however, under the DPA, individuals…

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Is it legal to ask about mental health in job interviews?

Mental health can be a difficult subject for employers and candidates to bring up and discuss although it’s much more open now than ever before. Many organisations are afraid of legal repercussions if they ask too soon or fail to ask at all. Is it legal to ask employees about their mental health during a job interview? Generally, no, this would not be legal. Employers should make all efforts…

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Permanent placements rise to greatest extent since August

Key Points from the November Survey: Permanent placements rise at a quicker pace; Availability of candidates continues to decline sharply; High demand for staff leads to further increases in pay; The unemployment rate remains low. Staff Appointments Rise Further… The growth in permanent placements has reached a three-month high across the UK. The rise has been attributed to an increased demand for staff and company expansion plans. The number…

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