Category: Employment Law

COVID-19: UK sees the largest annual rise in redundancies in a decade

The UK has experienced the largest annual rise in redundancies since 2009, with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic being felt by many employers.

The key redundancy considerations for employers after the furlough scheme ends

If you are planning on the difficult decision of making a furloughed employee redundant after the scheme ends on 31 October 2020, there are several key considerations you need to consider.

Government rejects calls to extend parental leave because of COVID-19

The Government has rejected calls to extend parental leave and pay because of the coronavirus pandemic, stating that it would result in additional burden being placed on employers at a difficult time.

Employers admit lack of confidence over redundancy considerations

Though firms have taken measures such as pay cuts and sabbaticals to avoid redundancies, experts predict that one in three employers will inevitably have to make job cuts by the end of September 2020.

Furlough Fraud: £3.5 billion Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims were fraudulent or made in error

The latest data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed that up to £3.5 billion in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims were either fraudulent or paid out in error.

Employment: Can an employee be fairly dismissed without procedure?

An Employment Tribunal recently ruled that an employee can be fairly dismissed without procedure in the case of Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail.

IR35: Off-payroll working rules to go ahead in April 2021

Major changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) will go ahead in April 2021, it has been confirmed.

Employment tribunal: City executive was unfairly dismissed after blowing the whistle on financial malpractice

An employment tribunal has ruled that a City executive who blew the whistle on financial malpractice was unfairly dismissed.

COVID-19: Employers will be given 30 days to admit to furlough fraud

Employers will be given 30 days to admit to abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), with legislation being fast-tracked to allow HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to reclaim any furlough money that is overpaid to employers, or that is not spent on wages as intended.

What challenges will employers face as people return to the workplace?

The UK Government has started to gradually ease lockdown measures, with non-essential retail being allowed to re-open, and employers now looking at how to put their return to work plans in place.