New Support Announced by the Chancellor in His Summer Statement

On Wednesday 8 July 2020, the Government held an emergency mini budget to minimise the pain as the economy faces the challenges of the past few of months. The main priority on the agenda was unemployment rates, with the Chancellor announcing that he wants to ‘protect, support and create jobs.’ What’s changing? Furlough Scheme With … Continue reading New Support Announced by the Chancellor in His Summer Statement

Brexit and Its Impact on Workforces

EU nationals currently contribute over two million people to the UK workforce. Government policy regarding immigration and free movement is a rapidly changing area. To keep up-to-date, a regular check of the Brexit preparation pages on gov.uk (www.gov.uk/brexit) or signing up for email alerts (bit.ly/2ky8lzb) is recommended. The House of Commons Library also publishes useful … Continue reading Brexit and Its Impact on Workforces

Age Discrimination: Do You Know Your Rights?

Arbitration service Acas recently published new guidance on recognising age discrimination in the workplace. Here, we take a look at how discrimination based on an employee’s age can be prevented. Age discrimination: an overview Age discrimination, or ageism, is defined as treating someone unfairly because of their age. The Equality Act 2010 includes provisions that … Continue reading Age Discrimination: Do You Know Your Rights?

Making an Application to Work Flexibly

All employees have the legal right to request to work flexibly. This can range from requesting to work from home to asking to work flexible hours. Here, we outline areas that both employers and employees should consider when applying to work flexibly. Please note that the rules regarding flexible working differ in Northern Ireland. Submitting … Continue reading Making an Application to Work Flexibly

6 Things Employers Should Know About Jury Service

You may have never had an employee called for Jury Service, but it is important to be aware of your obligations in case it occurs in the future. Here are 6 things all employers should be aware of: Anyone on the electoral register aged between 18-70 may be selected. In most cases, Jury Service lasts … Continue reading 6 Things Employers Should Know About Jury Service

Redundancy Protection for Pregnant Employees Announced

More concrete plans have been published, which would extend redundancy protection to pregnant women and employees who have recently returned from maternity and adoption leave. Under the current law, women on maternity leave have special protection when their employer is making redundancies. They have the right to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy, if one … Continue reading Redundancy Protection for Pregnant Employees Announced

An Update on Holiday Pay

The government has recently been circulating adverts promoting the holiday pay awareness campaign. ‘Holiday pay: it comes with the job’ is part of the modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to give employers and workers a better understanding of both workplace rights and responsibilities. Recent research suggests some 1.8 million people currently do not receive the … Continue reading An Update on Holiday Pay

Considering the National Minimum Wage

Getting minimum wage obligations right can be challenging for employers, as indicated by the findings of a recent report by the Low Pay Commission. The report found considerable levels of minimum wage underpayment. Overall, the report revealed that underpayment has been steadily increasing since the introduction of the National Living Wage in 2016. Here, we … Continue reading Considering the National Minimum Wage

Retaining Staff: Key Areas to Consider

Retaining staff can sometimes prove to be challenging. One recent report found that UK workers change job, on average, every five years – and that millennials could have been through four different jobs by the time they reach the age of 31. Here, we take a look at ways in which you can help ensure … Continue reading Retaining Staff: Key Areas to Consider

Shared Parental Pay Clarification from Court of Appeal

Two recent cases, taken to the Court of Appeal, may go some way to provide reassurance to employers who adopt different approaches to maternity and shared parental pay. The cases of Ali v Capital Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall both considered whether it was discrimination not to pay full salary … Continue reading Shared Parental Pay Clarification from Court of Appeal