Employer Advice

The 358 page long Coronavirus Act 2020 received Royal Assent yesterday.

The Act introduces a wide range of measures. Tucked away in section 8 and schedule 7 of the Act (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/pdfs/ukpga_20200007_en.pdf - see page 96), is a new right for workers (note workers – not only employees) to take Emergency Volunteering Leave. The provisions only apply to employers with a headcount of 10 or more. The [...]

Furlough is not a term that is too familiar to HR Practitioners and employment lawyers.

Like most of you we had to reach for the dictionary. It appears to be a term used more in the US than the UK. Whilst we await details from HMRC of the 80% subsidy for furloughed employees, over and above those already announced, PJH Law’s understanding is as follows: Employers identify which employees are [...]

Amendments to the SSP Regs have been made and come into force today:

Highlights: Self-isolaters from Coronavirus will be eligible for sick pay. No need to be sick just self-isolating. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/287/pdfs/uksi_20200287_en.pdf?mc_cid=03442dec30&mc_eid=f0c14693a9 We await amended regulations for SSP to be reclaimable for SMEs and to be payable from day one.

Some good news for employers in the budget, little good news for employees:

3 items that caught the eye. If your business property has a rateable value of £51,000.00 or less you are eligible for rates holiday. If  your business property has a rateable value of £15,000.00 or less you are eligible for a £3000.00 grant. SSP for smaller employers employing fewer than 250 employees now reclaimable back.


We are receiving requests for advice on employment issues arising from the Coronavirus. ACAS have an excellent summary of practical actions employers can take. https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus Employers could also do the following: Restrict non-essential business travel. Test their disaster recovery plan. This is what PJH Law is doing. Ask all employees to report to the HR [...]

By |2020-03-03T11:17:46+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Employer Advice, Employment Law|0 Comments

April Employment Law – Aggravated Fines

One final thing to note in this year’s update is the aggravated fine that Tribunals can impose on employers who frequently breach their employment law obligations will rise from £5,000 to £20,000. In practice, the fines are rarely imposed but do pose a substantial risk to businesses. In many cases the fine could be more […]

MPT v Peel – Intention To Compete

Restrictive covenants and post-termination restrictions aren’t an issue we cover too often but this is our second case this month. The first concerned the geographic and temporal markets limits of the covenant and this case concerns non-compete clauses and the obligation to tell the truth. In this case, two senior employees handed in their notice […]

By |2017-06-21T08:33:02+00:00June 21st, 2017|Employer Advice|0 Comments

General Election 2017 – Employment Law Policies

Hello Philip, and welcome back to your monthly employment law update. In last week’s case law update, we looked at disability discrimination and type 2 diabetes. Last month’s employment law updated features on workwear, grievances and the gig economy. With a general election just around the corner, this month’s update focuses on the employment law […]

By |2017-05-25T14:32:46+00:00May 25th, 2017|Employer Advice|0 Comments

Brexit News – Immigration Clamp Down

Since Britain voted out of the EU in June 2016, we have always maintained the view that until told otherwise very little will change for EU/UK relations until the exit negotiations conclude. The first pre-Brexit change could be implemented after the election after the Conservatives announced plans to cut net migration to fewer than 100,000 […]

By |2017-05-25T14:24:00+00:00May 25th, 2017|Employer Advice|0 Comments

Lighter Side Of The News – Prankster Sacked For Offensive Mug!!!!

Our final case of the absurd is about workplace banter. Mr Reed worked at a plant fertilizer factory whose staff where predominantly male. He had 20 years’ service and an unblemished disciplinary record. Mr Reed was known for his sense of humour and regularly played jokes on colleagues. After a colleague broke up with his […]

By |2017-05-25T13:49:00+00:00May 25th, 2017|Employer Advice|0 Comments

The Government Legal Service v Brookes – Is it discriminatory to make an applicant with Asperger’s syndrome sit a situational judgment test as part of the recruitment process?

Our final case this week is about disability discrimination, reasonable adjustments and psychometric testing done during recruitment. The question in this case was: Is it discriminatory to make an applicant with Asperger’s syndrome sit a situational judgment test as part of the recruitment process? Ms Brookes, the Claimant, applied for a position at the Government […]

Gig Economy News – Uber Appeal Granted

You may remember last year Uber lost an Employment Tribunal claim regarding employment status. The ET held that Uber drivers were workers and not self-employed, a major blow for many similar companies based on the ‘self-employed’ model. Similar cases followed with claims against Pimlico Plumbers, Deliveroo, Citisafe, Hermes et.al. all being in the news over the […]

By |2017-04-28T08:56:49+00:00April 28th, 2017|Employer Advice|0 Comments

Gig Economy News – Zero Hour NMW Rate

In other gig economy news, a new national minimum wage rate for employees on non-guaranteed hours has been proposed. The rationale behind it is that if an employee is not guaranteed hours then they need a high rate of pay to accommodate the fact they may have hours reduced without warning. With a general election […]

By |2017-04-28T08:52:36+00:00April 28th, 2017|Employer Advice|0 Comments