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Neither Better Nor Worse - How TUPE Protects When Employees Transfer

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The directors of a property management company ran into a brick wall when they tried to boost their own benefits package before transferring to a new employer under the TUPE regulations. TUPE – which stands for the Transfer of...

Companies need to get it right to protect against competition

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Companies looking to protect their business by relying on non-compete clauses for key employees should check that any post-termination restrictions are reasonable. When an employee leaves and there is a threat of commercially sensitive information about...

What If My Employer Broke The Furlough Rules?

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It has been found that the system of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme) which was meant to support businesses during these difficult times has been very open to abuse by employers and businesses. A survey found that more than a third of the...

HMRC Will Have More Powers to Reclaim Falsely Claimed Furlough Payments

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It has now been announced that, next week Chancellor Rishi Sunak will add new legislation to allow HMRC greater powers to go after those that disobeyed the rules of the Scheme - namely those that forced staff to continue working, even just in part, whilst...

Bentley is cutting a QUARTER of its UK Workforce: But was it announced before employees were told?

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Last week, Joel Hills of ITV tweeted that Bentley Motors were planning to lay off up to 1,000 employees and that the company will make the "Announcement tomorrow". Very soon after, Hills was inundated with questions about the source of his...

Can Employees Be Dismissed Over Zoom?

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With remote working now becoming the norm, most of our work meetings and conversations have become this strange mix of faces on our computer screens. This is as close as we can get to the formality of having face to face meetings during the...

The Importance of Employees' Trust in People's Processes and Functions

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Recent research conducted by Zenbusiness showed that more than half of employees do not have faith in the people function of the business which can have a detrimental effect on morale and productivity across the board. Here at Gepps, we always encourage our...

Gordon Ramsay in the midst of Furlough Questions

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By now, we are all aware of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") and what it means for businesses and employees. Last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, confirmed that whilst the Furlough Scheme will be extended until October...

Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS")

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that the CJRS has been extended until 31 October 2020 but has advised that there will be some changes to the way the scheme currently works as he will be looking for more of the responsibility to shift back to...

Furlough Scheme EXTENDED: But The Penalties For Abusing It Are Still Very Real

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Employers will be aware that the government has announced the extension of the furlough scheme for a further four months. This means that it is now extended to October and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that its purpose is to continue to pay employees...

Employment Tribunal decides - telling a woman she "has balls" is not sexist

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Recently, the Employment Tribunal at London Central determined that the Claimant, Rachel Power, was not discriminated against or victimised by the CEO of Secure Code Warrior Ltd of Northampton despite telling her that she "has balls". In 2018, Ms...

Why are we losing motivation during lockdown, and what can we do about it?

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It seems that many people are losing motivation as some of us are entering into weeks 6 and 7 of remote working. The novelty may have started to wear off and our excitement at the prospect of cutting the commute short has long since dwindled. The...

Vicarious Liability Landscape Has Some Further Guidance

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A recent Supreme Court decision in the case of Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants held that the bank was not vicariously liable for the acts of an independent, self-employed doctor that was contracted to undertake the medical...

Some Things to Consider before Abusing the Furlough Scheme...

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There are been some reports that there are companies that are abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") in that they are requiring their employees to work despite placing them on furlough and claiming their wages from the G overnment. ...

British Airways Announces up to 12,000 jobs 'AT RISK' of Redundancy

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British Airways Announces up to 12,000 jobs 'AT RISK' of redundancy British Airways is yet another company that has become adversely affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. The airline has announced this week that it would have to make up to...

Employees could be urged to support UK farmers during furlough

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It has been noted by George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, that Furloughed employees could be encouraged to fill the labour shortage that the farmers are encountering. It appears that due to the pandemic, only...

It's True, We All Miss The Office

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With the current lockdown in the UK, we are seeing a lot of employees working from home. The influx in this flexible working has proven invaluable in showing businesses and employees alike that remote working and flexible working is a possibility. We...

Working Options During Furlough Period

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Many employees have now faced the reality of being placed on furlough by their employers under the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") and a vast majority have been looking for options to fill their time and also top up their...

More employees will now benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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More employees will now benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Government continues to update the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") as things continue to unfold nationwide. The CJRS currently supports businesses and...

High Court Rules That Administrators Can Place Employees on Furlough

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The High Court has held that administrators can furlough employees and pay them under the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). On 16 March 2020, Carluccio's restaurant chain has closed its doors in line with the Government's...

The Government's Plan To Save Jobs Will Cost £40bn

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The Government's Plan to save jobs will likely cost up to £40 billion. The announced Job Retention Scheme has been a welcome reprieve to many employers and employees as many have been able to avoid redundancies in their midst as they place a...

Self-Certification for Self-Isolation

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The current pandemic has, inevitably, put a lot of pressure on GP surgeries but, at the same time, has brought along quite a few changes in the systems that we have all come to know for sickness and absence process in the workplace. To date,...

Pregnancy, Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Working from Home

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There is a lot of uncertainty at this time around the workplace and pregnant women have been concluded to fall within the High Risk category group which means that most employers have asked their pregnant employees to work from home for at least the next 12...

Can I Still Work During The Lockdown?

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On Monday 23 March 2020, the Government has announced that we should all stay at home at all times except for going to medical appointments, buying supplies, undertaking one form of exercise per day, or those that have to travel to and from work, if...

Countdown To Contract Changes For Employers

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Employers are on countdown for new requirements on employment contracts. From April, the statutory requirements around statements of particulars are changing and being extended to include all workers, not just employees. It...

NDAs Should Not Be Used To Silence Sexual Harassment Claims

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NDAs are, literally, Non-Disclosure Agreements. They are very frequently used in business or employment to ensure that a party (or both parties) does not make certain information about the employer / business public. This could be because it is a company...

Storm Ciara - What Happens With My Work?

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"What happens if I can't get to work during Storm Ciara?" It looks as though the UK is currently being hit by quite a storm, and this happens every once in a while in our English weather. But, how does this affect your work schedule and...

IKEA To Close Coventry Store: Redundancies Are Coming

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Ikea has announced that this Summer 2020 it will be closing one of its large stores in Coventry which means that there are currently 352 members of staff that are at risk of redundancy and are undergoing consultation. The closure has been announced as a...

Social Media Comments Result In Alastair Stewart's Resignation

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Alastair Stewart, the ITV News presenter has announced this week his resignation from ITV following a "… misjudgement which [he] regret[s] …" as he said in his statement. Many are disappointed to see the presenter leave, as he had...

Employer Offers Extra Annual Leave to Non-Smoking Employees

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KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon has decided to compensate its employees that do not smoke with 4 additional leave days' per annum. This is based on a rough estimation that if a smoker takes just one smoking break a day, at 10 minutes a...

Asda To Be Sued Over New Employment Contracts... But Can Your Employer Change Yours?

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Can your employer change your work contract? Our team answer your questions... Duncan Carson was an Asda employee who worked from 6am to midday as a baker in one of the chain's stores. Those times suited him as he was used to working mornings and he had...

Holiday Pay Ruling Hits Schools and Colleges

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Holiday pay for those who work only part of the year and have no contractually set hours should not be calculated on a pro rata basis, under a judgement that will affect many in the education sector. The Court of Appeal has ruled in The Harper...

So, Your Employer Wants To Take Money From Your Wages - Can They Do That?

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Our employment team tackle the tricky subject... Recently, the issue of deduction from wages of employees has come to the forefront again as Costa employees in Essex have complained that a sum of £200 was deducted from their final payslip to cover...

UNISON Case Confirms Minimum Annual Leave For All Workers

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The recent case of Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON heard at the Court of Appeal clarified the legal position regarding the minimum annual leave entitlement for all workers. Currently, full time employees are entitled to 28 days' paid annual leave...

Supermarket Giant Tesco to Shed 4,500 Staff

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Supermarket giant Tesco to shed 4,500 staff Out of a total workforce of 340,000, the UK's largest grocer has reported that, in order to run their business more sustainably, they will be looking to make around 4,500 members of staff redundant from...