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FAQs - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

04 Aug 2020
On 20 March 2020 the government announced the launch of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Scheme), which is intended to pay employees who would otherwise be redundant or subject to a requirement to remain away from work without pay and are instead designated as "furloughed".
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Does the cap fit? Limit on exit payments in the public sector inches closer

30 Jul 2020
The Government has been considering a cap of £95,000 on public sector exit payments since 2015. We have had no news on this for over a year since HM Treasury launched a consultation on draft Regulations in April 2019. However, the Treasury has published its response to that consultation and we are now much closer to a cap being implemented.

How can you effectively manage redundancies during COVID-19

30 Jul 2020
One of the key issues arising from COVID-19 is the drop off in business for many organisations. Some businesses will be able to offset this through a range of measures such as diversification, recruitment freezes, changing employees' working hours or reducing property costs as large pockets of workforces continue to work from home. However, many will be looking at reducing staff numbers, particularly as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) comes to an end.
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Can former employees take your confidential information to their new job?

28 Jul 2020
When an individual moves to a new role, they take valuable skills and knowledge which they will use for the benefit of their new employer. Where this happens, particularly where an employee moves to a competitor, it can be difficult to draw a line between information that an employee can legitimately use in their new position as part of their own experience, and specific information which should not be disclosed even though the terms of their former employment contract have ceased to apply.

Face coverings in stores from 24 July – a logical step?

22 Jul 2020
While the Government's announcement on Tuesday 14 July was not a complete surprise, the lack of a properly thought through plan behind the move to compulsory wearing of face coverings in stores and supermarkets has caused some consternation amongst retailers and consumers alike. 
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Brexit: employment law update

21 Jul 2020
It is business as usual for now as nothing will change during the implementation period, which expires at 11pm on 31 December 2020. All EU-derived employment law and directly effective EU employment legislation continues to apply to the UK during the implementation period.

COVID-19: managing workplace safety – an update following 100 days in lockdown

13 Jul 2020
At the start of lockdown, the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) general approach was to work with employers to ensure compliance and to issue enforcement notices to help secure improvements where appropriate. However, as the phased return to work has progressed, the general tone has changed. HSE is now making it plain that prosecution will be a consideration in appropriate cases. It has reported over 1,000 spot checks after it resumed inspections at the end of May.
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Employers' liability claims for COVID-19 in the workplace: are the floodgates opening?

25 Jun 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is likely to throw up some interesting challenges for employers and their liability insurers. How are the courts likely to approach the novel situation where employees may seek to claim for injuries arising through exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, and how can employers and their insurers take steps to protect themselves from a tidal wave of claims?