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Brexit Trade Deal – What are the implications for UK employment law?

Given that such a large part of our employment law is rooted in EU legislation, what does this deal and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU mean for the future of UK employment law and rights?

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What are the options for employees who cannot work due to school closures?

As we all know another national lockdown was announced on 4 January 2021, which came into force on 5 January 2021. The result of which, means schools are once again closed. As a parent myself, I completely sympathise and understand the organisation required to sort childcare at short notice.

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Does the latest lockdown adversely impact female employees?

Following the lockdown and school closure in March 2020 statistics came out that more women than men were furloughed and subsequently made redundant. This is a question I posed on LinkedIn recently and the overwhelming response was that yes it does adversely impact women.

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2020: The Year of Furlough

This year has been unprecedented for employment law and unlike no other time in my career. I don’t need to tell you, I know many of you feel the same, but my year in review for 2020 has one major feature…….FURLOUGH.

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Ethical Veganism is a protected characteristic for the purposes of discrimination laws

What was described as a landmark decision in the employment tribunal regarding ethical veganism, quickly became news headlines after the Judgement was delivered.

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Preparing your claim or defence in the Employment Tribunal

It has long been considered necessary to ensure, when you submit or defend a claim, that you put as much detail in as possible, to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to pursue a claim fully. However recent guidance from the Tribunal means we must rethink how to prepare the claim and defence.

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Podcast Episodes

What are the options for an employee who cannot work due to school closures and childcare?

In this episode 164 of the Podcast we address a question which has arisen frequently since the announcement by Boris Johnson on the 4th January 2021 that schools would close the next day.

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Employment Law & HR in 2020: Reflections on the key developments

In this episode 163 of the Podcast I reflect on all that has gone on in the last year and cover the notable changes and developments in employment law and HR. Believe it or not there has been more going on that just furlough!

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Do employers really have discretion not to pay a bonus payment?

Bonus schemes and decisions about their payment are particularly important at the end of the year when typically employers are making decisions about whether to pay them and how much. But what happens if an employer decides to use discretion and not pay a bonus this year?

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Making or Defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal: why you need to keep your claim/defence brief

When you make a claim in the tribunal or if you defend a claim you need to set out in writing the details of your claims or defence. In this episode I bring you some useful tips on making or defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal following a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

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Furlough Scheme Extension Updated Guidance

The guidance on the furlough scheme extension has been published and it is different in several ways to the previous version of the scheme. If you are planning to make a claim under the scheme and furlough staff it is important you understand the details of what you can and cannot claim for.

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Furlough scheme extension: What do you need to know?

It was announced on Saturday 31st October that, along with a second lockdown the furlough scheme would continue with support available for employers to pay employees at the rate of 80%.

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