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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

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

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

Associate and Solicitor

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Furlough Scheme extended until September 2021

Posted on 03rd March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Government has confirmed that in the 2021 Budget the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September 2021.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Predictions for what could be in the 2021 Budget

Posted on 01st March 2021 in Employment, Residential Property, Later Life Planning, Coronavirus Pandemic

With less than a week to go until the next Budget, on 3rd March 2021, speculation is rife as to what Chancellor Rishi Sunak may announce. With the pandemic affecting the country for more than a year, there are likely to be numerous Covid-related support measures announced.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Importance for employers to have up-to-date equality training

Posted on 17th February 2021 in Employment

Many employers will not have prioritised training over the last few months, but a decision from the Employment Appeal Tribunal highlights the risks of falling behind.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Employee vaccinations

Posted on 11th February 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

As the vaccination effort gathers pace, many employers are considering the knotty question of whether they can require unwilling employees to be vaccinated (or refuse to recruit the unvaccinated). This isn’t a simple issue.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Zero-hour contract guidance for employers

Posted on 10th February 2021 in Employment

There is no specific legal definition of a ‘zero hours contract’ but it is generally understood to mean an arrangement under which the worker has no set minimum hours and is only paid for hours actually worked. Typically the worker does not have to accept any work offered to him or her, but must carry out the work personally if they do.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Planning for employing overseas workers in 2021

Posted on 07th December 2020 in Employment

If you employ workers from overseas, or you plan to in the future, you will need to understand the changes to the immigration system coming into play from January 1st, 2021.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Implementing a 4 day work week

Posted on 02nd December 2020 in Employment

Stephen Jennings, Head of Tozers’ Employment Team, has seen an increase in requests for advice in relation to 4 day working weeks, with firms of all sizes, including multinational businesses, exploring the concept. For example Unilever is the latest organisation to take up the 4 day working week concept.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor