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Employment

Right To Work Checks: COVID-19 Adjusted Measures Extended

Right to Work Checks: COVID-19 Adjusted Measures Extended Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn On 30 March 2020, the Home Office relaxed the process of checking an employee/ job applicant’s right to work in order to make remote checks more convenient and facilitate social distancing. While remote checks were possible beforehand, the employer conducting the check...
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Furlough Before Redundancy Requirements?

Furlough Before Redundancy? Are Employers Required To Furlough Employees Before Moving To Redundancy? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Yannick Ramsamy Two recent employment tribunal cases provide some interesting guidance regarding the approach employers should take in relation to redundancies whilst the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is in operation. We consider these cases in further detail below....
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Managing Flexible Working Requests

Managing Flexible Working Requests – What happens when employees get it wrong? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Yannick Ramsamy Hybrid and flexible working arrangements have become common place arrangements amongst employers. However, a recent tribunal judgment demonstrates the significant consequences which can arise if employers do not carefully manage and consider flexible working requests. The case has...
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Transgender Issues – is the belief that you can’t change biological sex protected?

Transgender Issues – is the belief that you can’t change biological sex protected? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Dan Evans In the case of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe and Others UKEAT/0105/20/JOJ, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) determined that a belief that biological sex is real, important and cannot be changed, is protected and therefore qualifies as...
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Furlough Update – What has changed?

Furlough Update – What has changed? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Yannick Ramsamy As restrictions begin to ease in England and Wales, the government has recently introduced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Furlough Recap The CJRS was introduced in spring 2020 to address fears of mass unemployment being brought about by the economic impact of...
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You’re fired (and re-hired)! Recent lessons on how not to vary employment contracts

You’re fired (and re-hired)! Recent lessons on how not to vary employment contracts Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn In one way or another, businesses have spent the last year adapting. Some industries have been presented with unexpected opportunities for growth and innovation, while other industries have fought for survival amid uncertainty and business restrictions. For...
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‘Workers’ Are Workers Too! Protection from Health & Safety Detriments Extended to Workers

‘Workers’ Are Workers Too! Protection from Health & Safety Detriments Extended to Workers Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn Health and safety concerns have dominated the 2020/21 zeitgeist, and with good reason. In a year of tragedy and uncertainty, it has been difficult to determine how best to protect ourselves and each other without losing our...
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‘Freedom Day’ in sight as England & Wales confirm dates for easing Coronavirus restrictions

‘Freedom Day’ in sight as England & Wales confirm dates for easing Coronavirus restrictions Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn In Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on 12 July, the Prime Minister announced that previously proposed easing of Coronavirus prevention measures and restrictions in England would proceed as planned on 19 July 2021. This date,...
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Employers to Lead on Lifetime Skills and Post-16 Education

Employers to Lead on Lifetime Skills and Post-16 Education Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn On 18 May 2021, the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill 2021-22 was placed before Parliament with the hope of revolutionising the training and employability of young people in the UK. The Bill follows January’s Skills for Jobs White Paper which proposed...
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Refusing to Attend the Workplace for Fear of Coronavirus – A Reasonable Excuse?

Over the course of the Coronavirus pandemic, Government guidance on workplace attendance has been uncertain at best, however, as employment claims from 2020 start reaching their conclusions, we now have some further clarity on how tribunals are approaching this question.
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