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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 and termination

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is winding down. Many employees are facing the increased likelihood that their employment may be terminated in the near future. For those employees who have been... 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

Employers – get ready for important legal changes this April

The world news may be consumed with COVID-19 at the moment, but there are a number of important employment law changes set to happen this spring. Here’s our list of developments that businesses... 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

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

An office romance – could it affect your career?

Barack and Michelle Obama met at work. So did Bill and Melinda Gates, not to mention Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Considering how much time we spend with our colleagues it’s hardly surprising that... Read full article

Employers: Do your workers use display screen equipment?

Rules to protect the health and safety of employees who regularly use computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones at work are now in force. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Information)... Read full article

Court of Appeal: part-year workers should not have their holiday pay pro-rata

Holiday pay for staff who work irregular hours for part of the year should not be pro-rated, the Court of Appeal has ruled in Brazel v The Harper Trust (UNISON intervening) (2019) EWCA Civ 1402). It... Read full article

Playback time – is it ok for an employee to secretly record a disciplinary meeting?

Now that mobile phones make it easy to record meetings, employment tribunals often find themselves considering evidence in this format. A growing number of employees now covertly recording meetings... Read full article

GDPR requests for workplace personal data – faster response times now required

An employer must now respond to a request for personal information, known as a data subject access request (DSAR), ‘without undue delay’ and within at least a month of receiving it. In some... Read full article

Employers must pay agency workers the same as direct recruits

A major change in employment law aimed at improving the rights of agency workers is to come into force next April. The Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2019 repeals what is known as the... Read full article

Supreme Court rules on landmark non-compete clause case

In what is being seen as a victory for employers, the Supreme Court has upheld a non-compete restriction in the contract of an employee who left her job and went to work almost immediately for a... Read full article
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Update: Covid-19 arrangements from 5 November 2020

Wards Solicitors remains very much open for business despite the new restrictions. We are still able to take on new cases.

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