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Staffing shortages in a pingdemic

Posted on 06th August 2021 in Employment

Many businesses – especially those in hospitality – are suffering from dire staff shortages. Whilst a measure of relief is in sight with news that the criteria for being pinged by the NHS app have been relaxed and the easing of rules on self-isolation from 16 August for those who have been double-jabbed or who are under 18, it seems clear staffing is likely to be a problem for many employers for some time.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Right to Work Check changes in July 2021

Posted on 05th July 2021 in Employment

Following ‘Brexit’ on 1 January 2021 citizens from the EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland already living in the UK were given 6 months to apply through the EU Settlement Scheme if they wanted to continue living and working in the UK.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Pandemic employment claim decisions

Posted on 11th June 2021 in Employment

We are now starting to see decisions come through for pandemic-related employment claims, such as the recent case of Mr Francesco Accattatis v Fortuna Group (London) Limited.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Managing Euro 2020 expectations

Posted on 11th June 2021 in Employment

The belated 2020 Euros are about to kick-off in Rome. After the success of Wales in the last tournament, and with Scotland and England battling it out in the same group, the tournament may well cause disruption to your business with games scheduled to take place almost daily between 11 June and 11 July 2021.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Furlough Scheme month by month updates in 2021

Posted on 27th May 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

In March 2021 it was announced that the furlough scheme would be extended until the end of September 2021, but with some key changes to funding levels.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Flexible working guidance

Posted on 10th May 2021 in Employment

As a result of coronavirus the way many of us work and live has been radically changed. Many people have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home, including avoiding a commute, setting their own hours and increased time with their family.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Covid Testing in the Workplace

Posted on 13th April 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

With the second phase of lockdown easing well and truly underway, the government has highlighted the important role that employers can play in the fight against Covid-19 by urging businesses to make use of free lateral flow tests. The last day for employers to register to receive free tests was 12 April 2021, but there are still other options available if you missed this deadline. Here, we look at some FAQs about testing in the workplace and address your responsibilities as an employer.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Returning to work post lockdown

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

With the government’s announcement of a ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ and as we progress towards a full relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, more and more businesses are planning for a gradual return to normality. This blog sets out some considerations employers may want to think about over the coming months.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Holiday and Annual Leave during Covid

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

One year after the first lockdown and the UK is facing another year of uncertainty around the issue of taking holidays abroad. You may be getting lots of questions from employees about carrying over holidays during Covid, we try and answer some of the main questions here.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Sleep-in shifts and minimum wage

Posted on 19th March 2021 in Employment

The Supreme Court has now issued its much anticipated Judgment in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, which was delayed by the death of one of the Justices. The case concerned how the national minimum wage (NMW) should be calculated for workers who work sleep-in shifts.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Changes to Minimum wage and National Living Wage

Posted on 09th March 2021 in Employment

Minimum wage increases come into force from 1st April each year and this year is no exception, with the latest rates also being announced in the 2021 Budget. If you have not already done so, now is the time to check you have the appropriate pay adjustments in hand.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Key points you need to know from the 2021 Budget

Posted on 04th March 2021 in Family Law, Employment, Residential Property, Later Life Planning, Company & Commercial, Coronavirus Pandemic

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the 2021 Budget, which extended several Coronavirus support schemes and outlined plans for the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor