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Key changes for employers to note in the new tax year 2021/2022

Following the Budget in March and in the lead up to the end of the 2020-21 financial year, businesses have been kept busy with all that has been going on in preparation for opening and covid restrictions so may not have had time to consider some of the other important changes…

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What should you consider if you are introducing staff covid testing?

In order to ensure the safety of employee’s some employers may be considering utilising the lateral flow tests, and introducing staff covid testing, in order to help re-open the workplace or enhance the safety measures already in place.

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Do sleep-in shifts qualify for National Minimum Wage?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake (“the Mencap case”) that “sleep-in” shifts do not count as work for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015. This case spells the end of a long running dispute about pay rates…

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Updated Shielding Advice – What it means for Employees and Employers?

The guidance states that those who are classed as clinically vulnerable, will no longer be required to shield from 1 April 2021, however, the guidance states that you should continue to follow the guidance, in place at that time, and ensure you maintain social distancing..

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Can we make staff take annual leave?

We have had a number of enquiries from employees regarding requests from their employers to take annual leave and have had some questions from employers looking for guidance on what to do with employees who have accrued large amounts of holiday.

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Employment references

Reference or Confirmation of Employment? I recently received an enquiry relating to an employer providing a bad reference, in respect of a former employee and I was a little shocked, as usually employers only provide a standard reference, which is the dates the employee worked and their job title.

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Podcast Episodes

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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Job Support Scheme update & Brexit planning for employers

In this episode I cover two crucial updates for employers around the Job Support Scheme and Brexit considerations for EU National Employees.

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Job Support Scheme: What do you need to know?

In this episode of the podcast I cover a run down on what we know about the Job Support Scheme currently. The new scheme aimed at supporting ‘viable’ jobs is available for qualifying employers from the 1st November 2020. What do you need to know about the scheme so far?

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What do I pay an employee who is self-isolating? Coronavirus employment news

In light of the increasing number of covid-19 cases in the UK, and increasing number of people with symptoms who are self-isolating whilst waiting for a text result, or are doing so on advice from the NHS, many employers are once again asking “what do I pay an employee who is self-isolating?”.

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