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Furlough Scheme Changes

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Today marks the very visible beginning of the end for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. From today, 1st September 2020, employers have to contribute at least 10% of salary for those benefitting from the furlough scheme (adding to the payments of...

Remedies: Re-Engagement

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Can an employment tribunal order re-engagement where the employer believes that trust and confidence has broken down? No, not if the belief is rationally held, held the EAT in  Kelly v PGA European Tour . The Claimant was dismissed for poor...

Equal Pay: Material Factor

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In an equal pay case, was it open to a tribunal to find that a successful material factor defence explaining a difference in pay had ceased to operate at a later point in time? Not on the facts of the case, held the Court of Appeal in  Walker v...

Unfair Dismissal

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Can an employee be fairly dismissed without any procedure (including an appeal), after a breakdown in working relations ? Yes (in rather unusual circumstances), held the EAT in  Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail . The Claimant was a senior manager in...

Employment Tribunals

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The Minutes for the  Employment Tribunals National User Group  meeting on 30 June 2020 have been published. Key points:- - the coronavirus crisis is causing a significant increase in the tribunal backlog, increasing by about 1% with each passing...

Updated Acas Guidance on Redundancy

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Acas has updated its  Guidance on Managing Staff Redundancies . If you’re thinking about making (or advising on) redundancies yourself, I am now offering a  free daily email  with information about carrying out a redundancy process....

Furloughed employees to receive full redundancy payments

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UPDATE:   The statutory instrument has now been laid, and can be seen  here  (thanks to  Daniel Ferguson  for the tip-off).  Two things leap out:- 1.  why use one complicated bit in a Regulation when you can use dozens...

Furloughed employees to receive full redundancy payments

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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has  announced  this morning that it is bringing in a new law to ensure all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal pay, rather than a reduced furlough...

Appointment: Senior Circuit Judge of the EAT

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Employment Judge James Tayler, currently sitting at London (Central) employment tribunal, has been appointed as a senior circuit judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.  He takes up his appointment on Monday, 27 July 2020. You can see the...

Consultation: Restricting exit payments in the public sector

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Yesterday the government published its response to the consultation on proposed regulations restricting public sector exit payments. The  Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015  (as amended by the Enterprise Act 2016) gives the...

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