Employment Law

Posted 10th June, 2022 under Employment Law by

A lasting legacy of lockdown has been the movement from the traditional workplace to increased home working. In some cases, workers may now be entirely home based but the more common situation has seen a mixture of home and office-based working often referred to as ‘hybrid’ or ‘agile’ working. For some employees, this will be… Read more »

Posted 26th May, 2022 under Employment Law by Anna Harbinson

The Queen’s platinum jubilee is just around the corner. An additional bank holiday has been added to the calendar this year to mark the occasion, but will everyone be entitled to a day off? The starting point will be to consider what your contract states about bank holidays. If your holiday entitlement is ‘X’ days… Read more »

Posted 25th April, 2022 under Employment Law by

Fire and rehire is back in the news after USDAW successfully obtained an injunction in the Hight Court to prevent a supermarket dismissing employees with ‘permanent’ or ‘guaranteed’ enhanced ring-fenced terms, and then rehiring them on the same terms, but with the ring-fenced element removed. This is a controversial area of employment law and one… Read more »

Posted 25th April, 2022 under Employment Law by

If your employer wishes to terminate your employment they may ask you to consider signing a Settlement Agreement. This is common in cases of voluntary redundancy, early retirement or may be offered as an alternative to continuing with a disciplinary process. You may also wish to approach your employer to see if they would offer… Read more »

Posted 14th February, 2022 under Employment Law by

It is refreshing to see that in our society there is now more acknowledgment of the impact that the menopause can have on those who experience it. But has employment law kept pace? Whilst the menopause is not a protected characteristic, it may give rise to discrimination claims for those who are impacted by it…. Read more »

Posted 02nd February, 2022 under Employment Law by

It feels as though employment legislation has been influenced by COVID for a long time, with furlough, hybrid working, changes to sick pay and mandatory vaccinations to name but a few of the recent employment law developments. But what about long COVID? Long COVID is in itself a developing concept. Increasingly we are hearing in… Read more »

Posted 05th October, 2021 under Employment Law by Anna Harbinson

You may have seen stories in the press recently about the right to request flexible working. This right is nothing new and employees with 26 weeks continuous service have been able to request flexible working arrangements under Section 80F of the Employment Rights Act 1996 for many years. You can make one request in any… Read more »

Posted 27th September, 2021 under Employment Law by Anna Harbinson

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, more commonly referred to as the Furlough Scheme, was introduced during the pandemic to provide economic support to employers and employees, with a view to ‘saving jobs’ where COVID had caused a downturn in demand. The scheme was initially due to end in October 2020 but has been extended on… Read more »

Posted 17th September, 2020 under Employment Law by

Next month marks the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The scheme, which launched in March 2020, saw the Government contribute towards the payment of up to 80% of the wages of employees who had been placed on furlough. The aim of the scheme was to ease the financial strain of the wage… Read more »

Posted 31st March, 2020 under Employment Law by

31st March 2020 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie and Anna Harbinson The Government has now published more detail about the Employee Retention Scheme. You may also have heard this referred to as being ‘furloughed’. The scheme enables employers to retain staff on their payroll where they are unable to operate or where is no… Read more »

Posted 17th March, 2020 under Employment Law by

If you are a worker or employee who has, or suspects that they may have symptoms of, Coronavirus (COVID-19) then the first port of call will be to check your employment contract and staff handbook to see what the notification requirements are when you are off sick. If you are too unwell to work then… Read more »

Posted 14th February, 2020 under Employment Law, Health and Safety by

What is RSI? Repetitive Strain Injury, also sometimes referred to as Occupational Overuse Syndrome, refers to stress and damage inflicted upon the muscles, tendons and nerves by repeated tasks and awkward positioning. Most commonly occurring in the upper body with the fingers, hands, arms and neck, RSI is frequently work-related and is usually avoidable through… Read more »