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July 9, 2020

The Chancellor today set out the next steps in the UK Government’s strategy to secure the country's economic recovery from coronavirus. Below are the key measures:

Furlough Scheme

UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.

Kickstart Job Creation Scheme

The scheme, aimed at young people aged 16-24, will cover the cost of 25 hours' work a week at the...

June 1, 2020

What are your plans for adapting your workforce post COVID-19 ?
As lock down is easing, how will you resume your economic activity? What will be your needs in the coming months in terms of workforce? Many of you will be forced to take measures to make savings. Part-time furlough, variation of contractual terms and redundancy dismissal are the main tools you may consider in this respect.

You will find below an overview thereof...

May 14, 2020

On 12 May 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a brief update in Parliament on the future of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme was set up on 26 March and supports employers by paying 80% of a furloughed worker’s pay up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

The Chancellor’s recent announcement came as a result of an urgent question in Parliament and confirmed that the scheme is being extended for another four months, ...

April 10, 2020

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the Ministry of Justice is looking at changing requirements for witnessing wills. At present (and since 1837) a will must be signed by 2 independent witnesses.

To 'deformalise' the signing of wills in the current self-distancing situation, the Government is discussing options such as a system where testators can write wills by hand without witnesses; or a procedure for electronic witnessing... We'...

April 10, 2020

From 6th April 2020, changes in Employment Law have taken place. The main changes fall into three categories:

  1. Employees will have a right to a written statement of terms and conditions of employment from day 1 of their employment (instead of a written statement provided to them within two months of their start date as was previously the case);

  2. Workers will also be entitled to a similar right; and

  3. Employers will no...

March 30, 2020

The Government has now published further guidance on the application of its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which can be found at the following link:

This article provides a short update on the important practical points arising out of the guidance. 

Who can be furloughed?

An employer can claim under the scheme in respect of the fol...

February 27, 2020

From 6 April 2020 there is a new statutory requirement for employers.

Statements of employment (usually the employment contract containing certain prescribed information) will have to be given from day one to all employees and a similar statement to be given to workers. The template contract for workers will be different as there are a number of provisions that apply to employees that should not be included (to do so could stre...

July 15, 2019


Issue July 2019


Your guide on and how to prepare for the IR35 reforms

The tax law reforms to be implemented from 6th April 2020 will have a huge implication for employers in the private sector.

The reforms are designed to tackle even further "disguised employment" where an employee tries to exploit the tax benefits of working through a personal serv...

July 6, 2019

The Supreme Court has, for the first time ever, considered the extent to which words can be deleted from a restrictive covenant, while keeping the rest of it intact and enforceable. The Supreme Court's decision on 3rd July 2019 in Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd, is a great relief to employers who can continue to enforce employment contracts that restrict the activities of staff who wish to work for competitors.

In this court case,...

May 21, 2019

No, there is no limit on the compensation that can be awarded in a discrimination claim. Where a claim is successful, if the employment tribunal considers it just and equitable to do so, it can order the respondent to pay compensation to the claimant of an amount corresponding to the damages that could have been ordered in the county court for a claim in tort for breach of statutory duty. The aim is to put the claimant into th...

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