PJHLaw June 2021 Newsletter

Tribunal Finds General Medical Council Liable for Race Discrimination The Reading employment tribunal has found the General Medical Council liable for direct race discrimination. Dr. O Karim is an NHS doctor of African/ European ethnicity. Complaints were made against him in 2013/2014, culminating in a Fitness to Practice Tribunal (FTP) in 2018 (a tribunal that [...]

Do Employees Taking Industrial Action Still Have the Right to Picket Their Workplace During Lockdown?

This week’s case looks at whether employees who are taking lawful industrial action still have the right to picket their workplace (the practice of protesting at the entrance of a workplace and encouraging fellow employees to withhold their labour) during the Covid-19 lockdown. Under the current lockdown regulations, you are not supposed to leave your [...]

Shielding Employees Refusing to Work, Statutory Sick Pay Furlough

Where shielding employees can work from home, they should. Where they can’t, government advice is that they should not attend work. Employees who are shielding can be furloughed to mitigate the financial impact on them of having to shield (subject to meeting the qualifying rules of the furlough scheme). Under the furlough rules, employers are [...]

Last Chance to Furlough New Employees

Back in April we wrote about the potential for employers to use the Furlough scheme to subsidise notice costs for employees being made redundant https://pjhlaw.co.uk/2020/04/29/cjrs-notice-and-holiday-pay/. Under changes to the furlough scheme announced at the end of May, today is the last day on which new employees can be placed on Furlough. Employees who have not [...]

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Social Distancing

  Research published in the Lancet (Medical Journal) is likely to fuel the demand for the 2-metre social distancing rule to be relaxed. Nicola Sturgeon’s answer to this was to say “You might be reading or hearing in the media today some voices saying that one metre is sufficient, so I want to take the [...]

By |2020-06-02T14:23:23+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Coronavirus (COVID-19)|0 Comments

Guidance for Employers on Employees’ holiday rights

The government has issued guidance to employers on employees’ holiday rights - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/holiday-entitlement-and-pay-during-coronavirus-covid-19#taking-holiday. In summary: The guidance only applies to the statutory 5.6 weeks of holiday – rights in relation to holiday beyond this amount are a contractual matter between employers and employees. Employees do accrue holiday whilst on furlough. Employers can require employees to [...]

Upcoming Changes to the Furlough Scheme and Lockdown.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil changes to the Government's furlough scheme sometime today. The scheme is currently subsidising 80% of wages for workers temporarily furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic up to a maximum of £2,500.00. There have been suggestions that the level of wages subsidised will be cut to 60% or less. [...]

A ray of light?

As the death rate hopefully continues to fall and the curves make their way downwards, we await the details of the government’s exit plan. With Rishi Sunak making it clear that the furlough scheme is likely to be wound down gradually (it currently runs until the end of June) as the cost is unsustainable (taxpayers [...]

April 2020 Newsletter

Despite April only having 30 days, the seemingly longest month of our lives has ended, which means it is time for our employment law update to round up some of the employment law news of the month. COVID-19 has dominated all news including employment law but will only feature as a segue or McGuffin into [...]

Once again Covid Free Friday is available

If you have any employment law query arising out of Covid-19, then Free Friday is back tomorrow, 1st May 2020. Call 01780 757589 and speak to Emma who will make a free appointment with one of our Solicitors. Appointments can be by phone, Skype, Teams or Zoom.

CJRS Notice and Holiday Pay

The CJRS was implemented to aid employers to keep employees employed so that business could return to usual once restrictions are lifted with the minimum possible adverse effect on the economy. Indeed the RS of CJRS stands for Retention Scheme. It is therefore noteworthy that there is a) no provision in the furlough scheme rules [...]