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The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Government Bill – Changes for Employers |Employment Law

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The government has introduced further emergency measures in response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Key changes for employers to be aware of are: Employees and workers will be allowed to take emergency volunteer leave (unpaid) in blocks of either two, three or four weeks provided they produce an Emergency Volunteering Certificate. This applies to those…

Protecting Your Business – Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Corporate and Commercial Law

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is of great concern to many businesses as they balance putting contingency plans in place to protect their staff’s wellbeing and also continue to provide their products and services to clients. Thursfields Solicitors is open for business as usual and has the resources and legal expertise to guide you. All of…

Coronavirus – 5 Key Steps for Employers | Employment law

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As fears of a coronavirus pandemic continue to grow, some businesses are preventing their employees attending certain events or asking them to work from home. This is not an option for every business, so what five steps can your business take to prepare. Stay informed. Good sources of guidance: ACAS: https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus CIPD:  https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/health-safety/coronavirus-factsheet Government website:…

Changes to section 1 statements – 6 April 2020 | Employment Law

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Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 sets out certain rules about the information that must be given to employees when they start work. In practice, most well written contracts of employment would also contain the information required. As part of the Government’s ‘Good Work plan’ the government plans to change the scope of…

New guidance on harassment at work | Employment Law

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The #MeToo campaign has exposed many occasions where Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) have been used as an attempt to prevent employees speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace. The difficulty for employers is there are no minimum requirements as to how they should act to prevent and deal with such behaviour in the first…

Holding on for a bumpy ride | Employment Law

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What is bumping? Bumping is a term that is heard of when talking, primarily about redundancy situations. To put it in simple terms bumping is a process of moving a potentially redundant employee (A) into another role and dismissing the employee currently performing that role (B). Therefore, for it to be a true bumping situation…

Parental bereavement leave – the law is changing! Employment Law

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What is the current position? Parents are entitled to take time off work following the death of a child under the age of 18. There is no obligation on employers to pay their employees during this time and the right only applies to parents. During a government consultation last year, feedback was that the current…

Off payroll working rules (IR35) | Employment Law

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Expected to be introduced for Private Companies in April 2020. Off-payroll working rules – or IR35 to you and me – are expected to be introduced for Private Companies in April 2020. The change IR35 intends to shift responsibility for determining how a contractor’s fee should be taxed from the contractor and their personal services…

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