March 2021 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our monthly newsletter. It’s been an interesting month in employment law, with two decisions from the Supreme Court. The first found that Uber drivers are workers and are therefore entitled to holiday pay and the national minimum wage. The second (covered below) concerns the national minimum wage in the context of [...]

Lowri Beck Services Ltd v Brophy – Appeal

The question this week is: Can a misunderstood termination date justify an extension of a Claimant’s limitation date? Is it sensible to appeal a decision on the above to the Court of Appeal? Lowri Beck Services Ltd v Brophy Mr Brophy, the Claimant, was dismissed by Lowri Beck Services, the Respondent, over the telephone on [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

The grand opening of HMRC’s Portal is today.

This Portal allows companies to reclaim staff salaries (80% of wages of furloughed staff up to a cap of £2,500.00). It will not come as a surprise to most that there have been some teething problems reported! The problems reported are said to include: The website crashing for some people. The online calculator producing the [...]

PJH Law are offering…

  free telephone advice appointments on Friday 17 April 2020 for employers or employees affected by Covid19, call Emma Roberts on 01780 757589 to book an appointment with one of our Solicitors.

Your weekend reading is now available. Everything you wanted to know about furlough but were afraid to ask

Q & A Employer Questions How long will the Job Retention Scheme be available for? At present, the Government have indicated it will last for 3 months from March 1st to the end of May 2020 Can employees be brought into the scheme who are already on sick leave or receiving SSP/CSP due to self-isolation? [...]

The Supreme Court has decided what liability is owed by an employer for an employee breaching the Data Protection Act in committing a criminal act.

Well like most supermarkets Morrisons will be busy, their tills will be ringing with the sound of hoarded toilet roll, rare as anything liquid hand gel and scarce as hen’s teeth, plain flour. Today the Supreme Court held that Morrisons are not vicariously liable for the criminal act of a payroll manager who sold Morrisons [...]

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 [...]