Furlough – Coronavirus Job Retention and Job Support
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, […]
Injury to feelings – 2020 update
The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals have updated their guidance on awards for injury to feeling. The new guidance will apply to claims presented to the Tribunal on or after 6 April 2020. The “Vento bands”, named after the 2002 case in which the Court of Appeal set out guidance on injury to feelings awards, […]
A good work plan?
Described by the government as “the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years”, the Good Work Plan was published on 17 December 2018. The Good Work Plan is the output from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, launched in 2016 and published in July 2017, with the overarching ambition that all work should […]
Should a warning be taken at face value?
It is a feature of most disciplinaries policies, and is recognised by the ACAS Code, that an employer may take into account a live disciplinary warning when reaching its decision on a fresh disciplinary matter and determining the appropriate sanction. Earlier warnings can be particularly relevant where the new misconduct may not warrant dismissal on […]
Right to strike?
As London prepares for further disruption, the ongoing dispute between unions and Transport for London in relation the introduction of the Night Tube has again brought the rights and wrongs of industrial action back into public debate. On the one hand, the RMT describes the right to strike as “a basic human right”, but how […]
Zero hours contracts – a question of balance
Many employers find themselves being squeezed between a workforce expecting to work ever more flexibly and consumers demanding 24/7 service. At their best, flexible working arrangements benefit both employer and employee. The challenge though is often one of trust. Can an employer trust an employee to be working hard when they are not in the […]