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The first COVID-19 related Employment Tribunal Claim

In December 2020 the Jersey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal (Tribunal) gave a judgment in the case between Mr Hague-Holmes (Claimant) and PG Plumbing (2014) Limited (Respondent). This is thought to be the first judgment of a court or tribunal within the United Kingdom and its surrounding British Crown Dependencies, which relates to the wage subsidies […]

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Face coverings and discrimination

This month, the obligations to wear face coverings in the UK have been under renewed focus. The Government has announced that it will be taking more robust action against anyone caught refusing to wear a mask. Supermarket giants including Asda, Morrisons and Tesco have declared that they will deny entry to customers who are not […]

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Business Interruption Insurance: FCA Case Update – Supreme Court Judgment

On 15 January 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the FCA Business Interruption Insurance (BII) case. A copy of the full judgment can be viewed here. In short, the Supreme Court largely agreed with the decision of the High Court given on 15 September 2020 and found in favour of the FCA […]

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Furlough Eligibility – shielding and clinically vulnerable employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) has been extended to 30 April 2021. HM Revenue & Customs have recently updated their guidance (yet again) to confirm that employers may legitimately place employees who have been affected by COVID-19 (or any other conditions) on furlough. The guidance provides that, as well as employees who have caring […]

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Interim relief applications in the employment tribunal

Even before 2020, employment tribunal (ET) proceedings were beset with delay as a consequence of years of under-resourcing, and it was often the case that a claim would not reach a final hearing for as much as a year from the date of issue. Unsurprisingly, this state of affairs has been significantly exacerbated by the […]

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Dependant Leave during lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that individuals considered clinically extremely vulnerable should begin to shield again and with the majority of schools closed for all those accept vulnerable children and those of key workers, there is likely to be an increase in the use of dependant leave by employees with caring responsibilities. Under Section […]

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Furlough for Childcare

The Prime Minister has announced that from 5 January 2021 all schools in England would be closed, save for vulnerable children and children of key workers. This means a lot of parents and carers will once again have to juggle childcare, home learning and working, whether from home or not. In light of this, The […]

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Stay at Home 2021: The new rules

On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced that the United Kingdom would once again, enter a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The Government has requested that everyone should follow the new rules from now and confirmed that they will become […]

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National Lockdown No. 3 – What does it mean for your child arrangements?

As we move into the country’s third national lockdown, you might find that you’re more familiar with the rapid changes to our daily routine than previously in March 2020. However, for some parents who have only more recently separated from their partner and find themselves navigating new child arrangements for the first time, it might […]

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Furlough scheme extended once again

The Chancellor announced yesterday afternoon that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme), which you will recall was due to end once and for all at the end of March 2021, will instead be further extended until 30 April 2021. The previous last-minute extension announced at the end of October led to numerous complaints from employers […]

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