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July 2021

  • 12

    Long Covid - A 'Legal' Disability?

    The TUC recently called for Long Covid to be recognised as a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 (“2010 Act”), a survey showing that employees and others who were suffering from its symptoms were regularly experiencing workplace discrimination.*

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

  • 28

    No Binding Agreement Reached For Transfer Of Company Car On Termination Of Employment

    In Evergreen Timber Frames Ltd v Harrington the employment appeal tribunal (EAT) considered whether a binding agreement had been reached between an employer and employee in respect of the transfer of ownership of the employee’s company car as part of severance discussions relating to the termination of his employment by reason of redundancy.

  • 26

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Cjrs) Extended

    A new Treasury direction was issued by HMRC on 15 April 2021 to extend the CJRS from 1 May to 30 September 2021. Updated guidance on the operation of the CJRS from May 2021 was previously published on 8 April 2021 and the new direction reflects the changes made by the guidance. The rules of the CJRS are largely unchanged by the most recent Treasury direction, which contains the same purpose and written agreement requirements.

  • 20

    Acas Publishes New Long Covid Advice For Employers And Workers

    COVID-19 can cause symptoms for some people that can last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This has become widely known as ‘long COVID’. Long COVID can affect anyone, including working-age individuals who were previously in good health as well as those for whom the virus was not severe. Long COVID encompasses a wide range of symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue, skin rashes and ‘brain fog’ and those suffering are continuing to report symptoms many months after contracting the initial infection.

March 2021

February 2021

  • 23

    Uber Loses In The Supreme Court

    On 19 February 2021 the Supreme Court (SC) handed down its decision in Uber BV v Aslam & Others, reaching the same conclusion as earlier courts that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ and not self-employed.

  • 17

    New Employer Breached Equitable Duty Of Confidence

    In Travel Counsellors Limited v Trailfinders Limited the Court of Appeal (CoA) held that a new employer that had received confidential information from employees who moved from a competitor was liable to the former employer. The new employer had an equitable duty of confidence to the former employer because it knew or had notice that the information was confidential.

  • 17

    Employee’s Engagement In Grievance Procedure Was Not An Affirmation Of Contract

    In Gordon v J & D Pierce (Contracts) Ltd the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that an employee had not affirmed his employment contract by engaging in the employer’s grievance procedure and accordingly did not lose the right to claim constructive dismissal.

  • 16

    Hmrc Outlines Off-Payroll Working Compliance Approach

    On 15 February 2021, HMRC published a policy paper outlining its compliance principles for medium and large private sector entities that engage workers through intermediaries, and for employment businesses and other third parties that supply such workers to such clients. The compliance principles, illustrated by some case studies, are intended to underpin how HMRC will support compliance and tackle non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules.

January 2021

November 2020

October 2020

  • 28

    Migration Advisory Committee Report On The Shortage Occupation List

    The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was commissioned by the government earlier this year to undertake a review of the Shortage Occupation List and consider what occupations should be included on this list in preparation for the introduction of the new points-based immigration system on 1 January 2021.

  • 16

    Government Extends The Furlough Scheme From 1 November As Second Lockdown Announced

    On 31 October the government announced that England would be entering a second period of lockdown due to begin on 5 November and end on 2 December.  In order to support businesses and their staff across the UK during this time, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is to be extended from 1 November through to December.

  • 16

    Ico Publishes Detailed Subject Access Request (Sar) Guidance

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published detailed guidance for organisations on how to deal with rights of access to personal data (subject access rights) under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • 16

    Risk That Employee Had Committed Criminal Offence Did Not Make Dismissal Reasonable

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently held, in the case of K v L, that the fact that there was a risk that a teacher had committed a serious criminal offence was insufficient in itself to make it reasonable to dismiss for that reason.  The employer should have reached a decision on the facts as to whether, on the balance of probabilities, there had been misconduct.  Furthermore, the employer should have notified the employee if it intended to rely on reputational risk as a reason for dismissal.

  • 07

    Covid-19 And Business Immigration - Update

    Back in April we reported on the measures that the Home Office had put in place to assist employers and migrant workers in navigating business immigration issues during the coronavirus pandemic, which can be found here.

  • 02

    The New Job Support Scheme

    After much speculation regarding whether the Government would replace the Furlough Scheme with something else to help businesses, on 24 September the Government announced the creation of the Job Support Scheme.

  • 02

    The New Job Support Scheme

    After much speculation regarding whether the Government would replace the Furlough Scheme with something else to help businesses, on 24 September the Government announced the creation of the Job Support Scheme.