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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%…

Changes in Employment – what are your rights?

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…

What is a protective award claim?

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…

COVID-19: school closures and working parents

On Friday 20th March 2020, the decision was made by the UK Government to close all schools for the foreseeable future, in a bid to try and delay the spread of coronavirus.  In addition to schools, both public and private, the decision included all childcare settingsincluding nurseries and childminders and further education colleges – putting an…

Coronavirus employment law issues: what you need to know

The coronavirus pandemic has, understandably caused a fair amount of panic amongst business owners as they work to understand the impact on their business. In response, the speed that many employers are making decisions to terminate employee’s employment or place employees on furlough leave is accelerating. However, this in turn is increasing the risk of employers…

Carcraft employees may be entitled to make a claim for compensation

Following the sad news that more than 500 employees have lost their jobs following the collapse of Rochdale based Carcraft, Alan Lewis, head of employment at Linder Myers Solicitors in Manchester, commented: “Employers have a legal duty to consult employees and their representatives when making large scale redundancies involving more than 20 employees. It doesn’t appear that this has happened with more than 500 individuals sadly suddenly losing their jobs.”

Farage comments on race discrimination laws highlight the importance of the UK’s Equality Act

Race, defined as colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, is categorised in the Equality Act 2010 as a protected characteristic making any act of discrimination on these grounds unlawful.

This has been enshrined in legislation since 1965, initially coming into force under the Race Relations Act 1965 to provide legal protection for individuals against being unfavourably treated in the workplace.

Challenge to the equality of a General Practice exam starts in the Royal Courts of Justice in London

A challenge to the fairness of the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), a crucial element of the exam process for trainee GPs, starts at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on the 8th April.

The action has been launched by BAPIO, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, against both the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) which conducts the exam and the General Medical Council (GMC) which is accountable for ensuring a fair process. The legal action claims that the CSA is racially discriminatory.

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