Flexible furlough guidance published | 7 key points for employers

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 18 June 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 […]

Statutory sick pay shake-up | Government considers lowering eligibility threshold

At present, employees must earn the equivalent of 14 hours on minimum wage (£118) to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP). However, this could soon change, as the government is now proposing to lower the eligibility threshold. If agreed upon, this will see statutory sick pay entitlement extended to two million low-paid workers who earn […]

BUDGET | Comment from Founder Mark Ellis

In his Autumn Budget the Chancellor announced changes that will affect small and medium enterprises up and down the country. Mark Ellis, Founder and Executive Director at Ellis Whittam provides commentary. Ellis Whittam (EW), provides HR, employment law and health and safety support to more than 20,000 employers across the UK.  So, EW is a […]

How to determine someone’s employment status

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Concerns around ‘bogus’ self-employment have been bubbling under the surface for the last couple of years. With cases coming thick and fast to courts and tribunals and recent proposals for reform, we look at the importance of employment status, what factors to consider when ascertaining the status of individuals in your organisation and some of […]

Pimlico Plumbers case means for employers

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Do you have a locum or a contractor who has been regularly engaged over an extended period of time on a self-employed basis? If so, you should be interested in the case of Pimlico Plumbers, which has been heard by the Supreme Court earlier this month and follows a series of decisions on employment status […]

Understanding salary sacrifice schemes

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Both employers and employees have enjoyed the perks offered by salary sacrifice schemes for many years. But the recent government clampdown means employers need to tread carefully to ensure they understand the new rules and are not caught out. What is a salary sacrifice scheme? A salary sacrifice scheme is where an employee decides to […]

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 […]

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, […]

Hiring contractors, freelancers and consultants

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Employment status has been placed under intense scrutiny in recent months, leaving some employers wondering if they will end up with more obligations than they bargained for when hiring a contractor or freelancer. Pros Taking on a freelancer, contractor or consultant can be a good option for an employer who needs someone to work on […]