Are you ready for IR35?

Are you ready for IR35?

Much has been said about the upcoming changes to off-payroll working (IR35) in the private sector over the past 18 months. In March last year, the government announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that the changes would be delayed until April 2021. The new...
Should employers test for Covid?

Should employers test for Covid?

Under current UK government guidance, any individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 are able to access a COVID-19 test through the NHS. There is currently no government guidance on the ability of businesses to compulsorily test their employees. What should employers be...
Restrictive covenants on the way out?

Restrictive covenants on the way out?

The government has announced a  new consultation on measures to reform post-termination non-compete clauses (restrictive covenants) in employment contracts. In 2016, following a ‘call for evidence’ on the use and impact of the restrictions, the Government decided they...
Balancing childcare and work during lockdown

Balancing childcare and work during lockdown

On Monday 4 January, another national lockdown was announced for England. The new national lockdown means both primary and secondary schools will be closed until at least mid-February. School closures will result in parents and carers having to undertake an all too...
CJRS extended again

CJRS extended again

When the Coronavirus Job Retentions Scheme (CJRS) was initially extended at the start of November it was due to close on 31 March 2021, and the 80% contribution to wages (subject to a cap of £2,500 a month) for unworked hours was only guaranteed until 31 January...
More time for Early Conciliation

More time for Early Conciliation

Recent reports have suggested the Employment Tribunal system has a backlog of around 45,000 claims. Claims are taking much longer to be heard by an Employment Judge – several of our larger cases are still likely to only be heard in 2022. Those who have had the...