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Possible changes to flexible working

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The Government is considering expanding the scope of flexible working requests, giving all employees the right to request flexible working from their first day. Since the pandemic has forced a majority of businesses to adapt to remote working, more...

Furlough at an end - what options do employers have?

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Now that the furlough scheme has come to an end some employers may be wondering what options are available to them. It is important that employers are honest and transparent with their employees on decisions taken in respect of their employment. According...

Tesla to pay $137 million in damages for racial discrimination

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Electric car manufacturer, Tesla, have been ordered to pay $137 million to a worker for racial harassment. An employee of Tesla who worked as a lift operator from 2015 to 2016 in Fresno, California, has been awarded the equivalent of £101 million in...

Sex discrimination claim receives almost £185,000 award

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An estate agent has received an award of just under £185,000 in the Employment Tribunal following a claim of sex discrimination after her employer refused her request to go part-time so she could collect her baby from nursery. Alice Thompson attempted...

Changes to self-isolation rules: who is legally required to self-isolate and when?

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As of the 16th August, the requirements of self-isolation have changed. So, who will have to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive case? Changes The Government's ever developing and (for the moment)...

Pay cuts for remote workers

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With remote working expected to stick around for a long time within many businesses, what impact will this have on an employee's terms of employment ? In the US, Google is considering implementing pay cuts for employees who choose to work remotely....

When are directors personally liable for bounce back loans?

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Directors owe certain fiduciary duties to a company. Breaching these duties could result in significant penalties. If a director removes a bounce back loan from the company's account and uses it for personal expenses this will breach their fiduciary...

How private are work communications?

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Have you ever stopped to wonder whether messages or emails you send to colleagues at work are truly private? Streaming platform and production company, Netflix, recently terminated three of its employees for criticising other employees on business messaging...

Two jab or not Two jab?

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The recent lifting of Covid-19 restrictions marks the continuing return to a new normality as more people begin to venture outside, attend events and return to the workplace. This easing of restrictions has left many people asking the same question: can...

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

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Upon returning to work, you may want to continue breastfeeding and/or provide breast milk to your baby. In light of World Breastfeeding week (1st-7th August) this article highlights your legal rights of breastfeeding whilst at work. It...

Why digital nomads can be a headache for employers

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The easing of overseas travel restrictions is posing an unexpected headache for employers, who need to be on the look-out for potential digital nomads in their home-working workforce. The opportunity to be wholly mobile and work from anywhere, when an...

Trademarks and Service Marks

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Trademarks and service marks are similar mechanisms and therefore often confused. Trademarks are used to identify business products. They include words, logos, symbols, shapes, packaging and other devices which are intended to be used to identify and...

What are my Director Duties?

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Under the Companies Act 2006, a director must: act within powers (section 171) You must act in accordance with the company’s constitution, and only exercise your powers for the purposes for...

Firing & Rehiring: Acas Report

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Acas have now published the report from their investigation into dismissal and re-engagement (otherwise known as " fire and rehire "). The recent flurry of media reports of large UK employers such as British Gas/Centrica implementing a strategy...

Firing & Rehiring: is it legal?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of significant implications for businesses and employees alike. Consequently, a vast number of employers have changed the terms and conditions that their employees are employed under. Naturally, not all...

Accepted a Job Offer That You No Longer Want? Here is What to Consider.

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There are several reasons why you may want to decline a job offer once accepting. You may receive a better job offer or realise the position isn't actually as good as you thought. Or maybe when you spoke to your current employer they presented a...

Companies must be on track for Covid-safe workplace

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Companies anticipating a return to the workplace in June, if the Government’s route map stays on track, should be planning how to protect workers and customers once the country is released from the current Covid-related restrictions. Although...

Top 5 tips When Preparing Your Business for Sale

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Top 5 tips When Preparing Your Business for Sale Plan Plan Plan Plan in advance because it can take a long time, even several months, to sell your business. It...

ACAS Report on the Costs of Workplace Conflict

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A new report published by ACAS estimates that the cost of workplace conflict to UK organisations is around £28.5 billion a year. ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) are an independent public body that offer free and impartial...

Key Considerations for a settlement agreement

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A settlement agreement will be tailored to the specific circumstances of the employee, but there are key considerations for all settlement agreements to ensure the proposed deal is covered and we have highlighted the main ones below. 1....

Brexit: A brief look at effects on businesses

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The UK's separation from the EU plays host to a number of potential changes that businesses should carefully consider to ensure their contracts retain their desired effect. Contracts It is important to consider how your...

I Think My Employee is taking Advantage of Covid-19

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Exploring what can be done if you think your employee is lying about Covid-19 Exposure and/or Symptoms With the ever changing rules around Covid-19, it can be difficult for employers to navigate what should be done if an employee says...

The Chancery Lane Project: Environmentally Friendly Contract Clauses

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What is the Chancery Lane Project? The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) is the name given to the group of lawyers and legal professionals helping to combat climate change with contractual clauses. TCLP is a collaborative project...

Health and Safety Detriment Protection to Extend to 'Workers'

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An employee is someone who works under the terms of an employment contract. In comparison, the definition of a worker is wider and includes any individual who works for a business, whether under an employment contract or other type of contract...

Covid-19 Return to Work Guidance

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With businesses working to reopen, even if just partially, employers must ensure that they carefully plan for return to the workplace. At the time of writing, government guidance states that individuals should continue to work from home...

Can Employers Compel Employees to be Vaccinated Against Covid-19?

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As lockdown measures begin to ease and more and more employees begin returning to their workplace, many employers are considering whether they can introduce a requirement for their employees to be vaccinated. The Government is currently undertaking its plan...

Death of a company's sole director and shareholder.

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The death of a company's sole director-shareholder can have a severe impact on the running of the company and leave the business in limbo with no one in place with the authority to operate it. In the event of the death of a sole director where there are...

Your rights in disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

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While many workplaces continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, employment law and the Acas Code of Practice concerning disciplinary and grievance procedures still apply. If you are facing disciplinary action or grievance procedures, you...

Jabs for Jobs

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Exploring whether employers can introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. There are reports that some firms will be introducing a 'No Jab, No Job' policy, which would require all of their employees to have taken the vaccine against COVID-19. A...