Category: Employment Law

The key employment law changes in 2021

With 2021 beginning with key changes in the UK, including Brexit and a return to national lockdown, there are also several key changes to employment law to be aware of in the year ahead.

Furlough: The key changes to the extended scheme

At the end of last year, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the extension of the furlough scheme, or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), until 30 April 2021.

Furlough Scheme: Government urged to publish the full list of employers who have claimed under CJRS

MPs are urging the Government to publish the full list of employers who have claimed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) amid concerns of fraud.

Employment: More applicants now from non-EU countries than EU countries ahead of Brexit

Recent research has indicated that the number of applications from non-EU countries for UK-based roles now outweighs the number of EU applicants.

COVID-19: Employment Tribunals scheduled more than 12 months in advance

Delays at employment tribunals are set to increase, with discrimination cases taking as long as 14 months to reach a court hearing, according to the latest research.

COVID-19: HMRC updates guidance for late furlough claims

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has updated its guidance on late furlough claims, clarifying what is meant by a ‘reasonable excuse’ for submission after the deadline.

COVID-19: What sick pay are employees who have to self-isolate entitled to?

When the NHS Test and Trace service requires an employee to self-isolate, then the employee and employer need to agree on one of two options.

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.