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Covid-19 vaccine and the impact on employers

There has been much excitement over the last few weeks following the commencement of mass vaccinations against Covid-19. Whilst this undoubtedly represents a positive development for the nation as a whole, the beginning of the UK-wide vaccination process has the potential to create a number of issues in the workplace, which employers will need to […]

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Reforming Non-Compete Clauses

On Friday 4 December 2020, the Government issued a consultation paper seeking views on proposed measures to reform the law regulating post-termination non-compete clauses in contracts of employment. This is not the first time the Government has investigated non-compete clauses. In 2016 the Government published a ‘call for evidence’ to better understand how non-compete clauses […]

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Expected changes to employment law in 2021

2020 has been a turbulent year for employment law not least because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This blog will summarise the changes to employment law which are expected to be introduced in 2021. Changes to the immigration system From 1 January 2021 a points-based immigration system will be put in place for European Economic Area […]

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Covid-19 and carrying leave forward

As we approach the end of the calendar year (and most employers’ holiday year), traditionally this is the time when employees realise, they have a large amount of accrued holiday to take if they are to avoid losing it. This year, for obvious reasons, will be slightly different given the vast amount of accrued holiday […]

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HMRC to publish Furlough Claimant details

Last Friday, when the Treasury published their most recent Treasury Direction on the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) it included confirmation that HMRC will publish information about employers utilising the Scheme from December 2020. The most recent Treasury Direction states that HMRC must publish information about an employer who has received a payment pursuant […]

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To Will or not to Will?

Unfortunately, recent times have brought the importance of making a Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney to the forefront of people’s minds. I often hear people say that they are ‘too  young’ or ‘do not have sufficient assets’ to make a Will, and although these statements might be true in that specific moment in time, […]

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Furlough Scheme Extended until March 2021

As a result of the second one-month national lockdown being implemented yesterday, the Government had no choice but to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Scheme) that was due to end on 31 October 2020 and be replaced by the Job Support Scheme (JSS). It was anticipated that the Furlough Scheme would be extended until […]

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Lockdown 2.0: The regulations

As of today, England has entered into a second national lockdown which will remain in place until 2 December. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 set out the new restrictions which have come into force. The regulations state that “no person may leave or be outside of the place where they […]

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Tiered lockdown – what it means for the workplace

Following the Government’s announcement of the 3 Tier lockdown measures, various parts of the country have been put into differing levels of lockdown. As different areas are under differing restrictions, there is some confusion as to how this affects employees in the workplace. The new regulations place every area in England into one of three […]

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Changes to the Job Support Scheme for Tiers 1 and 2

This afternoon, the chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced what increased support will be available for employers and employees affected by the tiered lockdown system. The new scheme will commence on the 1 November following the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The new Job Support Scheme (Scheme) (which was initially announced at the end […]

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