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Can employers insist on C-19 vaccinations for staff returning to work?

Can employees be prevented from attending work, or restricted in their duties, until they provide proof of vaccination and, if so, what are they entitled to be paid? This article first appeared in... Read full article

Employer’s guide – how do I get my essential workers tested for Covid-19?

If a member of your staff, who is deemed an essential worker, is required to self-isolate in line with Covid-19 guidance, you should refer them for testing as soon as possible. Being able to... Read full article

Working from home: what are my obligations as an employer?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, the number of people working exclusively from home is inevitably rising. With different areas of the country going in and out of... Read full article

Furlough Scheme update – what employers need to know

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, has been updated several times since it was first announced on 20 March 2020. The latest changes came into... Read full article

Can I be sacked for something I did in my own time?

Evidence that extreme views expressed outside work can cost you your job has been illustrated in high profile cases over the last few weeks. Labour MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, was told to stand down... Read full article

Is consultation on health and safety required before a return to work?

This article first appeared in Practical Law’s Employment and Discrimination Blog and is available here   The Treasury has reported that more than eight million UK workers have been... Read full article

Returning to work post lockdown – the new normal for employers?

The spotlight is very much on businesses to ensure public safety more than ever before. In the short term; Whether it is to allow employees to work for other employers, either to supplement an income... Read full article

Returning to work from furlough: legal issues for employers to consider

There will be a willingness, a necessity perhaps, to rush all of your staff back to work as soon as the Government permits. Careful planning can mean that you make this work, but sometimes a more... Read full article

Returning to work from furlough – what practicalities should employers consider?

The UK unemployment figure exceeded two million in April; the highest level on record. Almost daily, major businesses are filing for administration in what seems like unparalleled numbers. The UK... Read full article

An employer guide to Furlough – what do we now know?

The Government has introduced guidance in an attempt to manage levels of unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. This guidance, known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (aka Furlough... Read full article

Coronavirus – what are your rights to time off and sick pay?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, the UK is beginning to see significant disruption to travel, public events and the economy. For employees, there are a number of important issues to... Read full article

Coronavirus – your obligations as an employer

With the UK facing continued uncertainty about how COVID-19 will spread, many employers face a difficult challenge in the event of wide spread infection or enforced restrictions on movement, travel... Read full article

Can my employer force me to retire?

It’s no longer legal for an employer to make you retire at 65, or any other age, unless it can objectively prove there is a real business need for you to do so. However, as the recent case of an... Read full article

New paid leave rules for bereaved parents

Working parents who lose a child will be entitled to up to two weeks paid bereavement leave from 6 April 2020. According to the government, this makes the UK the most generous country in the world... Read full article

Haven’t been paid your wages? What to do next

January can be a challenging time of year with finances commonly stretched over the Christmas period. For those who are unpaid or underpaid during that time, the effects can be frustrating at best... Read full article

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