Employment News

2021 Recruitment and the new Immigration system -  Time is running out to get your Licence!
Surviving a global pandemic may be occupying many business leaders’ time but the world keeps turning and Brexit is not going away. This means that freedom of movement will end on 31 December 2020 and the Government is pressing ahead with preparations for the UK’s new Immigration system.
STOP PRESS no.2! Chancellor announced 5 Nov. a further extension to the Job Retention Scheme until 31 March 2021
A new month long lockdown for England has been announced from Thursday 5 November for England as well as an extension of the Job Retention Scheme (JRS#2) until March 2021, Emma O’Connor asks what does this new announcement from the Chancellor yesterday (5 November 2020) mean for employers and their employees?
Further amendments to the Job Support Scheme
Further amendments to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) were announced by the Chancellor at the end of last week.  Jessica Clough looks at what those changes are and the effect on employers.
ICO Detailed Guidance on the Right of Access
Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs) have become an increasing common tool used by employees who feel a sense of grievance at the manner in which they are treated.
Change is Coming: IR35
You can be forgiven for having forgotten all about the new Off-Payroll Rules given the many other challenges businesses have faced over the last 7 months thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many industries reliant on self-employed consultants such as finance, construction and IT, breathed a collective sigh of relief in March this year when the Chancellor announced that the new off-payroll rules would be postponed. This was felt particularly keenly by Employment Businesses, many of whom were being squeezed in the middle by pressure from clients at one end, and candidates at the other. Barry Stanton, Partner and Katie Harris, Associate, discuss Off-Payroll rules coming back on to the business agenda.
A welcome extension to the Job Support Scheme
In light of the government’s new coronavirus announcements this week, Jessica Clough takes a look at the extension to the Job Support Scheme aimed to help those businesses who are now legally forced to close. The Job Support Scheme (“JSS”) replaces the current Job Retention Scheme, which is due to end on October 2020.
Covid-19 - Ongoing duties of health and safety
While health and safety has always been an important consideration for businesses, with strict rules and regulations in place, this year has seen new and evolving challenges facing all types of business. Following updates in the guidance and new regulations from the government this month, Catrina Flanagan considers what businesses should be considering in relation to health and safety as we head into the autumn and winter.
Coronavirus and the impact on tech businesses
It is tempting to think that there is only one crisis, that caused by the coronavirus. Talk of it is pervasive, whether that be on calls with our colleagues or standing on the touchline watching our children play sport. We cannot escape from it. Many will have stopped this week to hear the PM and the Chancellor make their respective announcements.
Job Support Scheme (JSS) Announced
Today (24 September 2020), the Chancellor announced new plans to support jobs following new covid-19 restrictions announced by the Prime Minister. A new Job Support Scheme (JSS) has been announced which will commence from 1 November 2020 following the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) and Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS) on 31 October 2020. The new JSS government wage subsidy scheme is designed to protect “viable jobs”, so for some employers difficult decisions will have to be made. Guidance has not been published but what do we know so far and how can employers prepare?
Dismissal and Re-engagement
In last week’s People In Focus, we discussed changing contracts of employment, now Catrina Flanagan asks what happens if employees do not agree to the changes being proposed?

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