The end of the Job Retention Scheme | What happens once furlough ends?

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 11 May 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Immigration overhaul | Details of points-based system revealed

Ever since Brexit became a reality, the question on most employers’ lips has been “how will leaving the EU impact my workforce?” Now, as the transition period plays out, the government has finally unveiled how it’s “Australian-style” points-based immigration system will work in practice. Get your FREE consultation With immigration one of the driving forces […]

New Employment Bill | What does the new decade have in store for employment law?

The Conservative Party made a number of ambitious employment-related pledges in their election manifesto, but now that they hold a comfortable majority, what “radical” changes can employers expect? In a move more synonymous with Labour ideals, the second Queen’s Speech of 2019 announced the government’s plans for a new Employment Bill which would improve workers’ […]

General Election 2019 | The parties’ proposals for employment law

With just over two weeks to go until one of the most anticipated General Elections in UK history, both parties’ manifestos are undergoing intense scrutiny – but what pledges are on the table for employment law? Before you cast your vote, here are some of the main policies each side are proposing that stand to […]

The Queen’s Speech 2019 | 3 proposed changes to employment and immigration

Last week, Boris Johnson’s to-do list was presented in a 28-bill Queen’s Speech, with a heavy focus on law and order. The speech, delivered in the Chamber of the House of Lords, detailed the various legislation that the government plans to introduce in the forthcoming Parliamentary session, or carry over from the previous session. Get […]

An employer’s guide to the Taylor Review

The eagerly-awaited Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices has now been published, touching on a wide range of areas of employment law. In this 116 page government-commission review, the following recommendations are made. Employment Status The review argues that the government should keep the distinction between employees, workers and self-employed, but it should rename the […]

Talking politics at work and avoiding conflict

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Who are you going to vote for in the upcoming General Election? Some of your employees may be card carrying members of a party. Others may be sick of politics or take no interest. As an employer, you may be worried about how political talk in the workplace may affect your business and your staff. […]

Clamping down on bogus employment practices

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The Work and Pensions Committee is calling on the government to close the loopholes that pave the way for bogus self-employment practices. The Committee launched an inquiry into self-employment and the gig economy, which has been curtailed in light of the impending general election. Throughout their inquiry, they heard evidence from a number of companies, […]

The Left’s View on Workers’ Rights

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While it looks like the current Government aren’t planning any substantial changes to employment rights, as hinted at by David Davis, the Labour leadership challenger, Owen Smith, has made a number of pledges if he were to become leader. Entitled a “Manifesto for Fairness at Work”, Mr Smith has focused his attention on “giving working […]

Zero Hours Contracts – Update

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We reported back in May 2015 that exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts – which have the effect of stopping an employee working for anyone else – were rendered unlawful and unenforceable. There was talk prior to the general election of anti-avoidance measures being introduced but these have not materialised, until now. From 11th January […]