The newspaper headlines are currently awash with the surprise decision made by the UK Government over the weekend to remove Spain (including the Canaries and Balearic Islands) from the travel corridors exemption list as of midnight on 25th July 2020. This means that anyone returning from these countries must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the UK. Read More
From Sunday 26th July 2020, the UK has removed Spain from its list of safe countries to travel to after fears were raised that the European country was experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections. It means those returning from the country will have to go into quarantine and self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to the UK. Read More
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The economic shock waves from the COVID-19 crisis have left many employers forced to consider making redundancies to make sure their businesses are in the strongest position to survive and thrive as the UK gradually comes out of lockdown. While redundancy is never a pleasant topic, it’s certainly one that requires careful consideration and expert guidance as the costs of getting it wrong can be substantial. Read More
As lockdown is eased and the beginning of the end of furlough is in sight the word on the HR street is most definitely REDUNDANCY. We all knew that it was inevitable but as the reality strikes it is imperative that the process is completed correctly, if it isn’t there could be very costly consequences further on down the line as disgruntled ex-employees take their grievances to tribunal. Read More
Managing the redundancy process, particularly around consultation is never easy. However, as news reports have shown over the last few days, getting it wrong can not only be damaging to a company’s reputation it could result in criminal charges against the board of directors. Read More
Have you as a responsible business owner put in place measures to protect your company from the risk of being wrongfully accused of furlough scheme fraud?
It has been widely reported in the media that the HMRC is receiving hundreds of reports about furloughed employees who are being asked to work even though their employers are claiming 80% of their salary through the state job retention scheme. Read More
Will it be an unfair dismissal if an employer makes someone redundant rather than placing them on furlough?’
This is a question that we are frequently being asked by clients and I’m afraid the simple answer is- it is not a one answer fits all. There are always risks associated with terminating employees, for whatever reason, and now more than ever this is the case. This is an entirely new situation with no case law or direction to be taken from employment tribunal decisions. It is therefore extremely difficult to determine whether an employment tribunal would find such a dismissal to be unfair at this stage. Read More
Did you know if employees can prove they caught coronavirus at work and the employer cannot show they have taken appropriate steps to prevent this, the employer could be liable for the employee’s losses which could mean some employees being unable to work for some-time and/or employees experiencing more serious health implications.
Some employees may be able to establish that the employer unnecessarily exposed them to danger and risk with potential liabilities including health and safety protections, unfair dismissal and even discrimination claims. Read More
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