COVID-19 Updated Guidance on furlough scheme

The Government has just released (4th April 2020) further guidance on its job retention or furlough leave scheme. The key points are: A furloughed employee can work for another employer at the same time as being furloughed. This enables furloughed employees to fill keyworker vacancies (eg. for the NHS).An employer can help a furloughed [...]


COVID-19 Government help for organisations – furlough scheme

Government measures introduced so far include deferring VAT and income tax payments, deferral of IR35 (for larger businesses), a 12 month business rates holiday and a change in statutory sick pay. Furlough leave – the new measure announced last night This will enable employers to obtain support to pay salaries of staff who would [...]


COVID-19 Advice for UK employers

This advice note is designed to give guidance to UK employers as at 16 March 2020. Further updates will follow if the advice below changes significantly. The following links may be helpful: Public Health England advice for employers NHS advice on COVID-19 UK Government information and advice for employers   Government advice on self-isolation Individuals [...]


Holiday pay for overtime

  How should organisations calculate holiday pay for those who work overtime? UK law states that all workers must receive 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday each year. According to the European Court of Justice, this means that workers should receive their “normal remuneration” during periods of holiday. This is regardless of what their contractual hours are [...]


Data Protection is changing – what you need to know

The mention of data protection might mean that your eyelids start drooping but try and stay awake long enough to read this article so that you know what to do before 25 May 2018 when the new data protection rules come into force in the UK. Any business which controls or processes data will need [...]


What about Executive Coaching?

Many businesses have found that Executive Coaching is a powerful and effective tool. The coaching process raises self-awareness and unlocks potential to maximise performance, leading to increased self-confidence and reduced anxiety. It allows individuals to grow and flourish within an organisation – or to recognise that the time may be right to move on to [...]


What are your freelancers entitled to?

What is the effect of the recent cases against Uber, Addison Lee, CitySprint etc? People who work for organisations fall into several categories. From a legal point of view there are three categories: self-employed contractors, workers and employees, a distinction which matters because different categories have different entitlements. Employees have a whole raft of employment [...]


Employment Tribunal fees ruled unlawful by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has just ruled that the fee regime introduced in 2013, which brought about a 70% reduction in employment tribunal claims, is unlawful.  Until Unison’s successful appeal to the Supreme Court, employees had to pay £1200 to bring most employment tribunal claims (some tribunal claims, such as claims for deductions from wages, were [...]


Are your freelancers entitled to holiday pay?

... Yes, if they are “workers”....  What’s a “worker” you might ask. Whilst “workers” were defined way back in 1996 in the Employment Rights Act, the definition seemed to attract little attention for many years. However, thanks to the so-called gig economy we are all getting to grips with its significance now. According to the definition, [...]