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The work Christmas party

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It is that time of year again…Christmas party season is underway. Christmas 2020 was a write off for many, so there have been high hopes for the 2021 parties! Some changes may have been made given the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and employers are keeping a close eye on guidance. Members of staff are also being invited to Christmas events from othe...
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Hybrid Working

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As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, hybrid working has become increasingly common across many sectors in the UK. Often referred to as 'hybrid', 'agile' or 'blended' working, this style of flexible working sees an employee works from more than one location. There is no fixed or legal definition of these terms, the specific arrangements will depend...
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New working trend develops in COVID-19 pandemic

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, a new working trend has developed. A small, yet significant group of employees in industries ranging from tech, insurance, recruitment, and banking, have found a way to double, and in some cases, triple, their pay by simultaneously working two or more full-time remote jobs. For most employees who take on a second job, ...
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Could an employee be required to have the Covid-19 vaccine?

Could an employee be required to have the Covid-19 vaccine?
As the government restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be lifted, there is much debate about how it affects people at work.In this article we look at whether an employee can be required to have the Covid-19 vaccine?  Current position It should be noted from the outset that there is currently no legislation that would r...
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Tips for employers managing redundancies

Tips for employers managing redundancies
Official statistics from the Office of National Statistics show that the "increase in UK redundancy rates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is faster than during the 2008 to 2009 economic downturn". With some companies now forced to consider redundancies, we look at the accepted reasons, correct procedures, and the implications of getting ...
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Important employment law changes in April

Important employment law changes in April
April is a busy month for both businesses and employment lawyers. There are a number of employment law changes HR Directors and employers need to prepare for. Employment Tribunal Compensation Limit Change The limit on the amount of compensation awarded by the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal will increase to £89,493. The upper limit which c...
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Understanding the changes to off payroll working: IR35 what the new rules mean

Understanding the changes to off payroll working: IR35 what the new rules mean
Off payroll working rules, commonly referred to as IR35, are changing from 6th April 2021, but what does this mean for you? What is IR35?The IR35 rules originally aimed to ensure that contractors doing work for companies, and the companies themselves, paid the correct level of tax. They also sought to restrict tax avoidance through "disguised emplo...
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Workers who “sleep-in” not entitled to national minimum wage for whole shift

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The Supreme Court recently handed down its judgment in the cases of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersand and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home) [2021] UKSC 8. In this landmark decision, the Court found that a worker is only entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for periods during a "sleep-in" shift when th...
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Supreme Court Uber judgment: A change for the gig economy?

Supreme Court Uber judgment: A change for the gig economy?
On Friday, 19 February 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Uber v Aslam, reaching the same conclusion as earlier courts that Uber drivers are 'workers'. The appeal concerned the employment status of private hire vehicle drivers who provide their services through the Uber smartphone application. The main question raised is whether an...
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Be careful what you post, it could get you fired!

Be careful what you post, it could get you fired!
After being dropped by Leicester's Curve Theatre from a stage performance of The Color Purple, actress Seyi Omooba (26), sued both her agents and the theatre for £128,000, claiming discrimination, harassment, and breach of contract. Ms Omooba, due to play the lead character Celie, who is portrayed as being in a same sex relationship, was dismissed ...
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Restrictive Covenants in Employment Law

Restrictive Covenants in Employment Law
The success of a business relies on certain information that is considered both invaluable and integral and, to protect the business, it is important to restrict the use of it when an employee leaves the company. A competitor might consider an ex-employee an attractive asset because of the knowledge that they have about your business. However, ther...
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Managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace

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Who should be working from home, and what should employers be doing to minimise transmission risk in the workplace? The COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic has severely affected working practices through 2020. While the furlough scheme is wrapping up at the end of this month, it is clear that the national situation is still evolving – and so, therefore, ...
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Chancellor announces new Jobs Support Scheme

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Following the Governments' tightening of restrictions following an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has unveiled new measures which will replace the furlough scheme when it comes to an end on 31 October 2020. The furlough scheme was rolled out prevent a major rise in unemployment when the UK went into lockd...
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Coronavirus: furlough FAQ

Coronavirus: furlough FAQ
What you need to know about flexible furlough and extended furlough through September and October 2020 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), more commonly called the furlough scheme, allows businesses to claim for 80% of their employees' wages if it puts them on furlough because of Covid-19. This money goes to the employees. The Government an...
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Redundancy and unfair dismissal claims advice for employees

Redundancy and unfair dismissal claims advice for employees
As the country continues to ease its way out of lockdown, businesses up and down the country are having to make difficult decisions regarding their businesses and staffing levels. In this article we look at the topics of redundancy and unfair dismissal. Redundancy Redundancy is a potentially fair reason to dismiss an employee. An employee is d...
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Coronavirus’ impact on Employment Law

Coronavirus’ impact on Employment Law
There can be no denying the effect that COVID-19 is having on all of our daily lives and the work which each of us does. The effect COVID-19 is unprecedented for both employers and employees. The Government has taken drastic action to limit the damage on employers and employees. We have a brief look at some of those steps below. Statutory Sick Pay ...
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Employment Law and Coronavirus – FAQs

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To assist employers and employees alike we have produced a list of FAQ's dealing with some of the most common questions which our Employment Team is being asked.Q. Can I furlough an employee who is already on long term sick? ​Furlough would usually apply only if the employee is fit for work.Q. If someone is within the 1.5 million vulnerable people ...
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Hiring for Growth; Free Employment Workshop

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Pinney Talfourd are delighted to be presenting at the Hiring for Growth Employment Workshop hosted by Brentwood Borough Council on 14 January 2020.​Whether you're taking on your first employee or expanding your existing team, our panel of speakers will show you how to grow your company by making smart recruitment decisions, developing cle...
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Employment Tribunal rules ethical veganism is philosophical belief

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An Employment Tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism constitutes a belief worthy of protection under the Equality Act 2010. A former employee claimed that he was unfairly dismissed was on the basis of discrimination and the court has agreed that ethical veganism can be considered under the protected characterist...
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The perils of the Christmas party season for employers

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​In the lead up to December and the party season, it can be easy to get carried away with the merry festivities. At this time of year, employers should take a moment to consider the potential employment law issues and go over existing company policies.Where ever the office Christmas party takes place, the location should always be considered an ext...
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