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Covid Testing On Return To Work

15 September 2020

Employers’ owe a duty to safeguard the health and safety of staff in the workplace. As the lockdown eases, and more employees return to work, employers make their premises safe.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2020

10 September 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It is important that we raise awareness to this worthy cause within the workplace as many people (employees) have taken their lives.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

09 September 2020

As part of the phased withdrawal of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), further changes have been introduced as from 1 September 2020.

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The Importance of obtaining an Occupational Health Assessment

03 September 2020

If an employee has any health issues which are affecting their employment, then all managers need to ensure that they are able to identify and understand those employees who may be struggling.

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Options to avoid Redundancy

27 August 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

The UK economy has lost billions of pounds this year due to Covid-19. With a lack of income, businesses have had to restructure due to lack of work. Many employers have had no choice but to consider or even undergo redundancy exercises.

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Returning to work - Government Guidance

25 August 2020 | Shabir Karatella

As of 1st August 2020, the government issued its official guidance. The message is “employers should ensure workplaces are safe whilst also enabling working from home”.

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Can profitability bonus be included as part of holiday pay?

20 August 2020 | Jatinder Tara

Although each case turns on its own facts, recent case law has favoured the inclusion of overtime, commission, allowances and regularly paid bonuses as part of holiday pay. The question was, ‘would this extend to profitability bonus?’

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FAQs - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

14 August 2020

The Government has announced that all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

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Failure to give a disabled person a binding undertaking

14 August 2020 | Raj Laxman

The facts of the case are the employee had long service with Lloyds Bank and suffered from depression which she alleged were caused by workplace harassment by two employees.

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Protecting your businesses against Malicious Falsehoods

12 August 2020 | Raj Laxman

A claim can be made against a person who maliciously makes a false statement which refers to the claimant, his business and economic interests and can be demonstrated to have caused the claimant financial losses.

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Keeping an Open Mind

05 August 2020 | Jill Colston

Over the years it has been very useful to bear this gem in mind. Before a disciplinary it is vitally important to enter the room without any preconceived ideas of the outcome.

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Particulars of Employment

03 August 2020

Sec 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 deals with the contents of the written particulars of employment – commonly referred to as a contract of employment, and the obligation to provide a copy to the employee.

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Covid-19: Holding an annual general meeting

31 July 2020 | Shabir Karatella

The Annual General Meeting allows limited company and public limited company shareholders to participate in the decision-making process a right afforded to them by the Companies Act 2006.

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Employers duty of care to an employee working overseas

30 July 2020

The world is a global market place and it has become more common for employees to travel for business or relocate to an overseas post to promote and enhance the development of trade and services between companies and organisations all around the globe.

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Changes to SSP and shielding linked to Covid-19

24 July 2020 | Jatinder Tara

The government has recently introduced new guidelines on “shielding” whereby those living within the same household of a person who is shielding do not need to shield themselves, but should support the person who is shielding by following guidance.

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How to handle disputes with recruitment agencies

16 July 2020 | Raj Laxman

Disputes between employers and recruitment agencies are a common occurrence mostly due to a poor understanding of the terms of the contract or the absence of terms and conditions from the recruitment agency.

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Employees returning back from abroad

08 July 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

As rules become more relaxed about travelling abroad and having a holiday, the government has issued new guidelines for travelers returning back to the UK.

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Furlough Fraud implications

07 July 2020 | Jatinder Tara

During the period of 1st March to 30th June 2020, employees on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) could not do any work for their employer that made money for their employer or any organisation linked or associated with employer.

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Health and Safety Dismissals

01 July 2020

What happens when an employer re-opens their business, but employees refuse to return because they are worried that they will become infected with COVID-19?

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Gig Economy: what is the status of a “worker”?

25 June 2020

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given some clarity on the above matter in the UK case of B v Yodel, where a Yodel courier(C) claimed that he was a “worker” under the Working Time Regulations (WTR).

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Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Anoop Sodhi

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Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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