Holidays – Ready, set … go? Navigating through a summer of uncertainty
Employers and employees alike will likely look back with fondness at the days where holidays were a simple matter of request, approval, jet set and return. COVID-19 travel restrictions have taken away what was once a relatively simple process, instead leaving a navigational minefield, of issues such as quarantine, destination and carry over rights. Natalie Wood and Emma O’Connor explore these issues.
Legal right to work from home a step to far according to leading Thames Valley lawyer
The Government has indicated that it is going to open a consultation on the right to work from home. A leading employment lawyer from Thames Valley law firm Boyes Turner has warned that a legal right to work from home could be a step too far, with negative consequences for business, employees and local communities.
Online Safety Bill – balancing online safety and freedom of expression
The Government has signalled its commitment to improving online safety with the Online Safety Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in May. It aims to ensure greater protection of young people and to clamp down on racist abuse online, whilst also safeguarding freedom of expression. It will impose a number of obligations on digital service providers, with Ofcom receiving new powers to impose significant penalties for non-compliance.
Amending contracts of employment…Is fire and rehire the best approach?
Changing terms and conditions of employment is a tricky business. Whether it’s furlough, reduced hours or pay, this last year has put contracts in the spotlight. Getting employee consent is by far the least risky way of amending terms and conditions…but in the absence of their consent, are other options available? Natalie Wood, Solicitor and Emma O’Connor, Director, explain and also ask how managers can handle these essential conversations and consider Acas’ report, published yesterday on employer’s use of fire and rehire.
It is often considered by many practitioners to be the case that adult children cannot bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”). This is often because in practice many adult children have found their own way in life and have no ongoing need for financial assistance. However, the fact that the child is an adult child does not of itself prevent that child from bringing such a claim – the question for the court to consider is whether a will (or intestacy) provides reasonable financial provision for the applicant’s maintenance. This was the question the court had to consider in the recent case of Rochford v Rochford .
Leasehold Ground Rent Reform – What does this mean for developers?
In May we saw both the publication and second reading in the House of Lords of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill. The terms of this Bill are unlikely to be enforceable before 2023, but if it becomes law it will apply to all dwellings (houses and flat) sold by way of a long lease (having a term of 21 years or more). It will also apply to retirement housing, but the application to this sector is due to be rolled out at a different time, with the Bill specifying that its provisions will apply to retirement housing no earlier than 1 April 2023.
As we exit from a pandemic which has had a devastating effect on many lives and businesses it may seem odd to think about bonuses. Whilst many businesses are struggling to survive, many in the tech / digital / online world have thrived and some employees will be expecting a bonus. Equally, with predictions of the largest surge in growth in the economy since the end of the Second World War many more will be contemplating their own bonus potential at the end of the current financial year.
As BT Coaching launches its new workshop series: Think Individual, Teams and Culture – Helen Goss, Partner and Head of BT Coaching asks “Why use a coaching approach?” as we begin our lift from lockdown