Related insights: Employment and Pensions

Construction and the face covering conundrum

16 Jul 2021
There is a lot of discussion about masks at the moment as, from 19 July, we will not be legally required to wear these in England. The Government is leaving the decision on whether or not to wear masks down to businesses and individuals. But how do construction businesses make this decision? If you tell your workers "no masks at all", some (especially the vulnerable) may be anxious and refuse to work - but equally, can you really tell your workers "you must wear one" if the legal requirement to do so is lifted? How do you balance safety against risk? 
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Unlocking England: can you continue to enforce mask wearing?

06 Jul 2021
The Government has recently announced that, if COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed as planned on 19 July, there will be no requirement to wear a mask in any setting in England. Instead they say businesses who choose to enforce mask wearing would need to take advice on their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. So what are those responsibilities and what can businesses do if they want customers and service users to continue to wear masks?
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Update: temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks

21 Jun 2021
On Friday 18 June 2021 the Home Office announced that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 31 August 2021 (instead of 20 June 2021 as previously stated). This means that employers can continue to carry out adjusted right to work checks up to and including 31 August.
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Right to work checks - are you ready for 1 July 2021?

17 Jun 2021
After the UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, freedom of movement between the UK and EU continued until 31 December 2020 (known as the transition period). This meant that EU citizens (which includes EU, EEA and Swiss nationals) residing in the UK by 11pm on 31 December 2020 were able to apply for either settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme ("EUSS") and have until 30 June 2021 to make their applications.
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Case outcome relevant to SIPP providers, PI Insurers, FOS, PO and unregulated introducers - leave to appeal lodged at the Supreme Court

12 May 2021
In the past 15 years, SIPPs have become a more mainstream way for individuals to manage their own pension funds. The increase in SIPPs comes with an increase in claims made by consumers, including complaints made to the Financial Ombudsman (FOS) and Pensions Ombudsman (PO). This case will be of interest to SIPP providers, their professional indemnity insurers, the FOS and PO as it erodes some of the comfort provided in the previous High Court judgment about the nature and scope of duties owed by a SIPP provider.