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Repetitive Strain Injuries

06 May 2021 | Shabir Karatella

Employees may have spent a year working from home, with no immediate signs of a return to work, and minor but potentially long -term impact hazards can be ignored. One such hazard is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

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A case for Interim Relief for discrimination claims

05 May 2021 | Raj Laxman

The Employment Appeals Tribunal made an important judgment in Steer v Stormsure in relation to the law of discrimination; the case may see the interim relief created as a remedy in future potential discrimination claims.

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Can an employer’s motive invalidate a redundancy situation?

04 May 2021 | Jatinder Tara

For redundancy to apply, the circumstances must fall within the meaning of section 139 Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) namely the employer has ceased, or intends to cease continuing the business, or the requirements for employees to perform work of a specific type or to conduct it at the location i…

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Employees and criminal records

29 April 2021 | Raj Laxman

Employers should be aware of new changes to the law which will have an impact on how you approach asking employees about their criminal records.

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The UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

26 April 2021

The UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement will not in the short-term change employment rights in the United Kingdom but establishes the approach on how United Kingdom and the European Union will approach making any upcoming changes to the law.

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Employee resignation matter

21 April 2021 | Jatinder Tara

The advice-line frequently gets queries on resignations and although each case turns on its own facts, the general guidance below gives some clarity on matters.

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Minimum Wage (NMW) apply on a sleep-in shift

12 April 2021 | Jatinder Tara

If staff work a shift from home or are residential care workers and they are permitted to sleep whilst on their shift, the Supreme Court (SC) in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad have held that these workers are only entitled to (NMW) for time spent...

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Supporting grieving employees

09 April 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

With excessive deaths occurring since last year, the impact of losing a loved one is now more prominent. Employers are adjusting to the detrimental consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, including providing grieving staff support when someone close has passed away.

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Do I get paid for taking time off for the vaccine?

09 April 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

The government has hugely publicised the roll out of the much needed coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to bring some normality back into people’s lives.

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SSP and Cosmetic Surgery

08 April 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

The UK alone spends millions of pounds in cosmetic surgery and improving ones’ physical appearance.  This could range from ‘a boob’ job through to having a tattoo removed.

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Right to Work Checks during Pandemic

07 April 2021

The requirement to check employees right to work in the UK has not been stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. As an employer you must be able to show proof that your employees are eligible to work in the UK.

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Does an employer need to give clear reasons for dismissal?

06 April 2021 | Jatinder Tara

The Employment Tribunal (EAT) in the recent case of K v L have alerted employers of the need to follow correct disciplinary procedures and ensuring that the employee is aware of the ultimate reason for their dismissal. The Facts The employee (K) worked as a teacher with 20 years good work record.…

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Change the Race Ratio

29 March 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and to increase the number of ethnic minorities in top senior positions.

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INCREASES IN EMPLOYEE PAY RATES FROM 1ST APRIL 2021

26 March 2021 | Jatinder Tara

Currently the higher national minimum wage rate applies only to those aged 25 or over however the government has recently announced that the higher rate will apply to all those aged 23 or over at £8.91 per hour from 6th April 2021..

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Can an employee be compelled to wear a face mask?

25 March 2021 | Raj Laxman

The Employment Tribunal looked at this question in the case of Deimantas Kubilius - v- Kent Foods Limited. They decided it was fair to dismiss this particular employee who refused wear a mask because the employer undertook a fair procedure and their actions amounted to a reasonable response.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended FAQs

23 March 2021

On Thursday 17th December 2020 the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until 30th April 2021.

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Does Car allowance continue during maternity leave?

22 March 2021 | Jatinder Tara

Whilst an employee is on maternity leave, she is entitled to the benefits of her terms and conditions of employment (section 71 Employment Rights Act 1996) other than remuneration (section 71(5) Employment Rights Act 1996).

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Bullying in the workplace

18 March 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

A number of high profile cases have highlighted the escalating price to settle out of court because of bullying in the workplace.

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Moving a pregnant employee to another role

16 March 2021 | Jatinder Tara

Pregnant employees have certain protected rights namely paid time off for antenatal care, maternity leave, maternity pay or maternity allowance and protection against unfair treatment, discrimination, or dismissal.

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Employees refusing to follow Government guidance on Covid

15 March 2021 | Raj Laxman

The Governments of the United Kingdom since the start of the Covid Crisis have issued complex and often demanding restriction on the population of the UK.

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