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Furlough – Coronavirus Job Retention and Job Support

Posted on Nov 2, 2020 in All posts, Coronavirus, Employment Law

In March 2020 the government introduced “furlough” to the UK, with the aim of providing support to businesses and employees impacted by Covid-19 under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).    Similar schemes were introduced to help the self-employed and a range of other measures were put in place. Guidance on the CJRS, and the CJRS itself, […]

Employment Tribunal Fees – refund scheme now live

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 in All posts

Following on from the pilot of the refund process announced in October 2017, HM Courts & Tribunal service has announced that all those eligible for Employment Tribunal Fee refunds can now make their application. There is an online process which most applicants will be able to use and forms available which can be downloaded, completed and then submitted […]

Injury to feelings update

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in All posts

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals have published new guidance on awards for injury to feelings for cases presented to the Tribunal on or after 11 September 2017. The “Vento bands”, named after the 2002 case in which the Court of Appeal set out guidance on injury to feelings awards, provide a framework for awards of […]

Can we have a chat?

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in All posts

When employment relationships are under strain, employers and employees can often find it useful to have an “off the record” chat to see whether there is another way forward. The risk though has always been that something said “off the record” comes back to haunt the person who said it, whether through an innocent misunderstanding […]

Childcare vouchers – still a win/win?

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 in All posts

One of the most popular employee benefits for working parents and parents to be –  childcare vouchers are often seen as a classic win/win for employers and employees alike.  Employers can make a National Insurance saving and employees get to take up to £243 per month (depending on their tax bracket) from their gross salary […]

Zero hours contracts – tipping the balance

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 in All posts

In July we wrote about the first attempt by the government to tackle the abuse of zero hours contracts – the introduction of a ban on enforcing terms preventing a zero hours worker from working elsewhere. As we commented, the absence of anti-avoidance measures meant that this ban would have very little effect in practice.   […]