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Toxic workplaces – when does it become a legal matter?

The school playground is notorious for bullying. But if you think that stops when you leave school and go to work, you’d be sadly mistaken. Bullying in the workplace is a common occurrence for thousands of UK employees, who are subjected to daily harassment and undue pressure from both bosses and work colleagues. So when…

Buying a property at auction: what you need to know

Buying a property at auction is exciting, exhilarating, and just a little bit scary. There’s an opportunity to pick up a real bargain (as long as someone doesn’t start bidding against you), it’s an instant purchase, and once you’ve bought your property it’s yours to do with as you wish (subject to any restrictions imposed…

GDPR: three years on

The GDPR legislation was introduced in May 2018. Since then companies such as Google have been hit with hefty fines and there have been over 160,000 breaches. While most larger firms will understand GDPR inside out (and indeed have a data protection officer in charge of this) some smaller companies are still not fully up…

Moratoriums – where are we now ?

There are currently a number of legal moratoriums in existence in England and Wales which were introduced by the Government by way of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and ancillary regulations in order to provide some level of protection to the public and the economy from the worst effects…

September 2020: the penultimate phase of the Job Retention Scheme

As of today, September 1st 2020, employers will need to pay more towards the cost of furloughed employees. Until now, the UK government has contributed 80% of the employee’s wage – capped at £2,500. That contribution has now dropped to 70%, with employer’s making up the extra 10%. Employers must also pay National Insurance and…

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Furloughed employees and redundancy payments: a new law

New legislation has been brought in to ensure the fair treatment of employees on furlough leave who are being made redundant. ‘Furlough leave’ was introduced into the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to prevent mass redundancies. However, some businesses will still need to make redundancies despite the use of the…

Self-isolation and Statutory Sick Pay: what are the rules?

Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite…

COVID-19: Frustration of Contracts

The impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus has shaken society all across the world, both personally and professionally.  For businesses, many may have engaged in contracts prior to the pandemic that has not been completed or fulfilled, or have been delayed or hindered due to the lockdown that followed the outbreak.  In these uncertain times would it be fair…

A guide to flexible furlough

Furlough leave was introduced in the UK back in March 2020 to help reduce the number of job losses expected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Government has now introduced more flexibility to the scheme, allowing employees on furlough leave to be brought back into work part-time from July 1st. The furlough scheme…

Ban on tenant evictions extended by two months

The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Government to pass emergency legislation to protect tenants from being evicted due to missed rent payments in England and Wales. Introduced in March 2020, the ban aimed to protect tenants during the pandemic, where job losses and reduced wages were anticipated to affect rent payments. Initially introduced for three months,…

Redundancies expected to surge as furlough scheme winds down

The president of the employment tribunals has said he’s anticipating an notable increase in redundancy-related dismissals as the UK’s furlough scheme winds down in the coming months. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was introduced to help support businesses and employees through the coronavirus pandemic, allowing employers to place employees on ‘furlough leave’. During this period…

Furlough leave and redundancy: employee’s rights

‘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%…

Positive news for landlords experiencing trespassers during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. This change is effective from 18th April 2020 and clarifies that the stay of 90 days imposed from 27th…