Employment

Settlement agreements and confidentiality clauses (part 1)

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When a dispute arises between two or more parties, the parties may want to try to reach an agreement which is a reciprocal compromise for both parties. The terms of such an agreement are often contained within a settlement agreement. Reaching an agreement and entering into a settlement agreement can help avoid litigation costs and…

Flexible furlough – a flexible friend? | Employment Law

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On 29 May 2020 details of how employers would share the cost of furloughed workers were revealed with the government also announcing that greater flexibility would be introduced from 1 July 2020, a month earlier than originally envisaged.  We outline what this means for employers and their furloughed employees.    From 1 July employers will…

National forum to get legal updates on holiday pay from Thursfields | Employment Law

Jade Linton - Colour

One of Thursfields Solicitors’ top employment lawyers is providing an update on the latest holiday pay issues for payroll professionals across the UK next week. Jade Linton, a senior associate solicitor in Thursfields’ Employment and HR Law department, is speaking at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals’ (CIPP) national forum on 11 June. Her talk…

Top solicitor rejoins Thursfields to lead Employment team in Worcester

Lisa Kemp

A top solicitor has returned to Thursfields Solicitors to lead the company’s Worcester employment team. Lisa Kemp spent more than three years as an employment solicitor at Thursfields from January 2016 until last year when she left to work for international law firm, DLA Piper UK. Michelle O’Hara, director of Employment & HR Law at…

Online COVID-19 employment law seminar for church leaders / Employment Law

Jade Linton - Colour

An employment law specialist from Thursfields Solicitors is leading a special online seminar on COVID-19 issues for church leaders this week. Jade Linton, a senior associate solicitor in the Employment & HR Law department at Thursfields, is speaking at a Keyboard Trust meeting via Zoom technology between 7 and 7.45pm this Thursday 7 May. Jade’s…

CJRS Furlough Scheme | Employment Law

Employment Law Team - Emma Monk, James Monk, Michelle O'Hara, Lauren Cope, Jade Linton, Sara Southall

The portal, which can be accessed via HMRC’s Government Gateway, has opened today. This portal will allow employers to claim wage costs and other associated costs for employees who qualify under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for these payments. It is likely that usage of this Gateway will be high and employers may therefore want…

Annual leave and Furlough at the same time? | Employment Law

James Monk - Colour

Many employees on Furlough have the unexpected chance to spend time at home and for some (but not everyone) this will be with their loved ones.  And while enforced time off work may feel like a break for some, for others it will not.  The thorny issue of whether employees can take or be made…

Furlough Leave Update | Employment Law

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The Government has today announced that the date from which employees have to be on an employer’s payroll to qualify for Furlough leave has changed from the 28 February to the 19 March 2020. What does this mean in practice? In practice this brings more employees into the scope of the scheme. Employers may now…

What is a Settlement Agreement?

James Monk - Colour

Under the current economic circumstances, settlement agreements or compromise agreements, as they used to be called, may become more prevalent as companies have to make some difficult decisions regarding their workforce. Here’s our Top Five Tips to understanding Settlement Agreements: 1 – Simply put, they are a legal contract between an employee and employer which…

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…

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