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The Extended Furlough Scheme - It's getting more complicated!

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When you have asked lawyers about the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – the Furlough Scheme – you must forgive us if we could not answer all your questions. Although the extended scheme has been operating since 1 November 2020,...

Job Retention Bonus - every little helps

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This Government Bonus is worth £1,000 per qualifying employee, and whilst it may not be a huge amount, it is additional funding in difficult times. For each employee you have furloughed and kept on at the end of the furlough scheme, and still in your...

The Job Support Scheme - all change!

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On the Job Support Scheme was unveiled at the end of September, and I posted an article regarding the Job support Scheme on our website https://www.haroldbenjamin.com/site/blog/hb-legal-updates/goodbye-furlough-hello-the-job-support-scheme-and-new-fines ...

Getting Redundancies Right

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Sadly, as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions and the end of the furlough scheme, some employers are going to have to make redundancies. For an employer, it is important to get the process right. Getting it wrong could result in a successful unfair...

Goodbye Furlough - Hello the Job Support Scheme ....... And new fines

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The furlough scheme expires at the end of October – so where do we go from here? The Government is replacing the furlough scheme with the Job Support Scheme to try to protect viable jobs. If your business needs staff part time, and you have enough...

The Furlough Scheme - Changes from 10 June to 31 October 2020 - and Beyond

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced on 1 March 2020 and allowed employers to furlough staff, and claim 80% of their wages (capped at £2,500) from the Government. The Scheme will end on 31 October 2020. We have seen...

Furlough and Other Employment Advice

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Our previous article regarding furlough was written on 29 March 2020, and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has gone through various changes since then. Much of that article is still in line with the CJRS, but below includes updated...

Furlough - What We Know so Far - Updated FAQs - 29 March 2020

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Firstly, please be aware that this article is written on 29/3/20 and is based on the information we have access to regarding furlough. It is an update of our previous article of 27/3/20. The Government has provided the broad principles, and we do...

Coronavirus: Employer Options in a Critical Situation

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These are unprecedented and fast moving times for all of us, and many employers are facing very difficult decisions regarding their employees, and the survival of their businesses. This note is intended to give you a summary of the relevant employment...

Family ordered to pay over £100,000 to downstairs neighbour for noise nuisance

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Noisy neighbours are a common and often frustrating issue for home owners, and in 2018, one particular case reminded us that, beyond being merely irritating, noise nuisance can quickly become serious disputes resulting in lengthy and costly court litigation....

Employment Tribunal claims - what goes down must come up again!

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Since 2013 employees have been faced with a fee of £1,200 to bring a claim in the Employment tribunal. As a result, employment claims dropped by around 70%, almost overnight. Good news for employers! In July 2017 the Supreme Court found...

The Taylor Review - "Good Work"?

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As we all know, the way many of us work has changed. The idea of a "job for life" is probably a thing of the past and, for many of us, doing more than one job at a time is how we earn our living. The Government commissioned the Taylor Review...

Employment Tribunal Fees Unlawful - what does it mean for you?

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Today the Supreme Court ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful. Since 2013 employees bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal have been required to pay fees, usually amounting to £1,200. The intention was to prevent employees from...

Social Media - how not to win friends and influence people!

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In January 2016 I wrote about the case of Mr Barbulesca, who was dismissed in 2007 for sending private messages by Yahoo Messenger during working hours. His dismissal was upheld as fair by the European Court of Human Rights because his activities were...

Auto Enrolment is coming to a new business near you!

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Setting up a new business is difficult enough, what with business plans, finance, suppliers, premises, tax etc.

There is one more thing for you to think about – pension auto enrolment.

The gig economy - are people really self-employed?

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The gig economy – businesses taking self-employed staff on flexibly with no employment liabilities. It sounds too good to be true. HMRC and the Employment Tribunal think that it is. The gig economy has hit the headlines in recent months,...

What Does Brexit mean for Employment?

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Nothing at the moment. As explained by Jeremy Lederman in his article Brexit and UK Law - The next steps from a legal point of view we are not yet out of the EU and therefore all our current EU based legislation continues. Assuming we do withdraw...

Employees Privacy

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“WARNING: Your boss can now read EVERY Facebook and WhatsApp message you send at WORK”. The Express, 14/1/2016. WARNING – Don’t believe everything you read in the press! Employers cannot legitimately read everything an...

Promises, Promises!

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So, now the dust has settled after the election of a majority Conservative government, what did they promise regarding employment issues? According to their manifesto, clear promises include to eradicate exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts; increase...

Massive Hike in Court Fees

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From 9th March 2015 the Government will increase court issue fees by up to 420%! We may have a low inflation rate at the moment, but that clearly doesn’t apply to the justice system. The new fees for issuing a claim are calculated on 5% of the...

Will Mr Ashley Please Step Forward

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Mike Ashley, billionaire founder of Sports Direct and owner of Newcastle United, has refused to appear before the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. The Committee is investigating how big businesses treat staff when companies or sites are...

4.5million self-employed - Pushed or Pulled?

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David Blanchflower in the Independent wrote about the 14.2% rise in the number self-employed since the Coalition took office in May 2010, querying whether this is evidence that the UK is becoming more entrepreneurial.. He compared those who are...

Protect Your Business with Social Media Policies

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With so many people using social media these days, both personally and at work, the lines between work and personal life can become blurred. The Press Association found that since 2009 there had been 828 case where police officers had been...

Getting the wording of your job advert wrong could land you in a Tribunal

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Age discrimination has been unlawful in the UK since 2006, but in a report the BBC still found adverts for “…ambitious young people…” and “young graduate”. Amazingly enough these adverts were placed by employment...

Ched Evans - Victim or Villain?

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The Ched Evans case presents interesting legal and moral dilemmas. Ched Evans has always denied the rape he was found guilty of, and has followed the appeals process. Now the Criminal Cases Review Commission is investigating his conviction, although they...

Employers beware - despite a reduction in claims, there are still plenty of claims for pregnancy and age discrimination

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A briefing Note produced by the House of Commons Library examined the drop in Employment Tribunal claims since the introduction of Tribunal Fees. The Note shows that the number of unfair dismissal claims lodged with Employment Tribunals has dropped by...

Naming and Shaming

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The Department of Business and Innovation and Skills (BIS) is exposing 37 businesses for failing to pay some employees the National Minimum Wage. This includes H & M and Welcome Break and both companies state they under paid by error. BIS are imposing...

Incentives to Pay the Living Wage

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Brent Council are preparing to have offer businesses in their Borough up to £5,000 off their business rates if they become Living Wage accredited Employers. The Living Wage is a minimum pay rate recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. The 2014/2015...