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One in five employers planning redundancies this year, ACAS warns

A survey carried out by ACAS, an independent public body whose aim is to improve workplace relationships, has found that one in five employers are likely to carry out redundancies this year. For many... Read full article

One in five employers planning redundancies this year, ACAS warns

A survey carried out by ACAS, an independent public body whose aim is to improve workplace relationships, has found that one in five employers are likely to carry out redundancies this year. For many... Read full article

Does my business need a hybrid working policy?

The pandemic has changed attitudes towards different ways of working.  These days, employees are demanding more flexibility and hybrid working is seen by many as a key benefit when deciding to... Read full article

Employment: Are non-compete, post termination restrictions enforceable?

It’s a common view that non-compete clauses, commonly used by employers to protect them if an employee leaves, are not worth the paper they are written on. However, if properly drafted and... Read full article

End of self-isolation rules – how will these changes impact employers?

The Government has confirmed that from tomorrow, 24 February 2022, the requirement to self-isolate following a positive Covid test will end. Whilst this is the approach the Government has taken,... Read full article

‘Sexually predatory’ manager who won case for unfair dismissal not entitled to compensation

A senior manager fired for sexually harassing up to ten junior female colleagues has won his case for unfair dismissal because his employer did not follow the correct disciplinary procedures, a... Read full article

Can employers reduce sick pay for their unvaccinated staff?

As two major companies in the South West announce a cut in sick pay for unvaccinated workers, employers considering a similar move are being urged to tread carefully. Wessex Water, which employs more... Read full article

Sacking of employee who raised safety concerns during lockdown was unlawful, Tribunal finds

A great result for Wards’ Employment Team, on behalf of a client who was sacked after raising safety concerns about working during lockdown.  The Tribunal concluded that our client’s dismissal... Read full article

The Furlough Scheme is ending. What happens next?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has provided financial support to employers in the form of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme. The Scheme was... Read full article

Should employers allow pets in the office?

Many employees are working from home at the moment, alongside their pets.  Being around animals has long been declared as a way to lower people’s anxiety and stress and there have been muted calls... Read full article

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 rights as an employee?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, widespread working from home has become the new normal for many. So, what are your legal rights as a homeworker, even if it’s only... 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

What is the new Job Support Scheme, and how does it work?

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, will be replaced from 1 November 2020 by the Job Support Scheme. The new Scheme is designed to protect jobs... Read full article

Top tips: What you need to know before you sign a settlement agreement

Losing your job often goes hand in hand with being asked to sign a settlement agreement – a legally binding document recording your confirmation you won’t pursue a claim against your employer in... Read full article

Leaving your job – getting the right settlement agreement

A settlement agreement is a legally binding way to bring an employment relationship to an end.  It’s a no-risk method of achieving a clean break on agreed terms. Entirely voluntary, the aim is... Read full article

Age discrimination and the entertainment industry – inherently linked but can it ever be justified?

‘Ageism alive and well in UK broadcasting’. This was Sky Sports presenter Jeff Sterling’s tweet in response to ITV’s decision to remove Clive Tyldesley from his lead role with ITV. His... 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
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