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Priti Patel and Bullying at Work

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Yesterday it was disclosed that an internal government report had found that Home Secretary Priti Patel had breached the Ministerial Code by bullying staff at the Home Office. To mark the end of anti-bullying week, I thought I would create a short (14...

Important - Time Limits for Furlough Claims

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You probably know about the (new) tight timescales for lodging a furlough claim with HMRC. Broadly, the claim has to be submitted within two weeks of the end of the previous calendar month (see below) unless there is a “reasonable excuse for failing to...

New CJRS Treasury Direction

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On 13 November 2020, HM Treasury published  The Coronavirus Act 2020 Functions of her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) Direction . This is the fourth such Treasury Direction to be issued (you can view the previous...

Furlough Friday Night Changes

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Guidance has just been updated with an important change (heralded as a possibility in the guidance earlier this week, now confirmed). For claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020, an employer cannot claim for...

Health and Safety Detriments

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Should workers have protection from being subjected to detriments on health and safety grounds, and the right to be provided with PPE, in the same way as employees? Yes, held the High Court in  The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain v The...

Furlough Guidance Amended

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The  extended Furlough Guidance  has been amended less than 48 hours after being issued. It corrects a discrepancy regarding the expiry of fixed term contracts and rehiring. There was a clash between the guidance notes which referred to the...

More Extended Furlough Stuff

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A couple more points on yesterday's  extended furlough guidance . 1. There seems to be a mistake in the  guidance  concerning TUPE. It says that employees who TUPE into a business must have  "been employed by their prior...

Discrimination: Costs plus...

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Can cost alone be enough to justify something which would otherwise amount to indirect discrimination on grounds of age? Not if the sole reason for the action is to reduce costs for its own sake, held the Court of Appeal in  Heskett v Secretary of...

Extended Furlough: Guidance Published

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The Guidance for the  extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  has just been released. I've been through the two most important sets of updated guidance. although there are actually  thirteen :- -  Check which employees you can...

My six predictions for Brexit...

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We have just 55 days until 31 December 2020, which is the date the transition period for withdrawing from the European Union ends (and the deadline for extending it has now run out).  So in 56 days' time, the UK is on its own. Eighteen months ago,...

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