‘Furlough leave’ is a new concept to the United Kingdom, introduced through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Employers were encouraged to take advantage of this scheme as an alternative to making employees redundant. When furloughed, an employee does not complete work for their employer – but remains employed by them, while the employer claims 80%…
The Coronavirus pandemic has, caused panic and uncertainty amongst many workers whose employers are severely impacted by the outbreak. In response to the national lockdown many employers made fast and drastic decisions to terminate contracts, make employees redundant or place employees on furlough leave. The speed of which these decisions were made, and the reasoning…
A Protective Award is a form of compensation awarded to employees where an employer makes more than 20 redundancies without collectively informing or consulting the employees about the redundancy. With the current global outbreak of Coronavirus, many employers are looking at ways to save money. In many cases, this will unfortunately mean redundancies in their…
There has been much discussion about the Government’s support for businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This article will look at the support on offer, and the difference between ‘furlough leave’, ‘lay offs’ and redundancy.
As further news comes to light in relation to allegations concerning Priti Patel, our employment department looks at the potential exposure employers face if their managers are abusive towards or humiliate their staff. One of the common themes of the allegations made against Ms. Patel is that she humiliated staff in front of others. It…
The staff at Kingstown furniture based in Hull, arrived at work on Wednesday morning to be told they had lost their jobs with immediate effect.
Today, 15th March, the group has announced that it is no longer is position to operate due to financial difficulties. Key individuals are being retained on a temporarily basis to support the required work.
If you have been affected by the Better Bathrooms administration news, you may wish to speak to a member of our team regarding Mass Redundancies and Protective Awards sooner rather than later.
It is common for firms of Solicitors to have restrictive covenants in the contracts of employment of their staff. Clearly, Solicitors have a legitimate business interest in protecting their confidential information and client and referrer connections
Last week the Labour government made an announcement that they would boost the employment rights of the ‘gig economy’ workers.
Metamorph Group Limited has acquired leading Hampshire legal practice, Verisona Law, with offices in Portsmouth, Waterlooville and Gosport, the latter trading as Donnelly & Elliott.
Harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and can include behaviour that individuals find offensive even if it’s not directed at them, and even if they do not have the relevant protected characteristics themselves. It is important for an employer to be able to recognise harassment in the workplace to reduce the risk of an employee lodging an employment tribunal claim against them. Therefore it is in every employer’s interest to promote a safe, healthy and fair environment in which people can work in.
When a firm makes more than 20 or 100 people redundant such as through closing down a factory site, very special rules apply as to an employer’s obligations to its workforce. Failure on the Employer’s part such as when closures occur out of the blue and almost overnight can lead to employees being able to make a claim even if the company has gone into administration or liquidation and the company no longer exists. Most typically the claim is for what is known as a Protective Award.
Christmas is almost upon us…as are the much awaited office Christmas parties. Whilst no one wants to be the office scrooge and detract away from the positivity of such an event, employers should be aware of their potential liabilities.
The government has been urged to investigate the practice by many employers of forcing employees to repay training costs when they leave employment. In some cases such costs have run into several thousand pounds.
A typical scenario may be where an employee accused of misconduct claims that they were not ‘thinking straight’ or indeed that their behaviour was ‘out of character’, caused by stress or issues with mental health.
The decision of whether or not to suspend an employee suspected of misconduct can be a difficult one for many employers. If an employer suspects an employee of serious misconduct, suspension may be an appropriate step to take but only in circumstances where the employee’s presence at work would either (a) jeopardise the fairness of the ensuing investigation or (b) where their presence could pose a potential threat to the business or other employees.
Anxiety, depression and stress are now the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK and an estimated 70 million working days are lost every year because of mental health. This makes mental wellbeing a central concern for all workers and their employers.
Maternity Action have released a report on how women are being unfairly dismissed while on maternity leave, returning from work and even during pregnancy.
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