Flexible Furlough Arrangements – Guidelines for Employers

Flexible Furlough Arrangements – Guidelines for Employers

From 1 July 2020, employers can agree flexible furloughing arrangements with employees, so that employees work some of their normal hours and are furloughed for the remainder.  Prior to 1 July 2020, furloughed employees could do no work for their employer.  The main points are: (more…)

Changes to the Furlough Scheme and Parents Returning from Statutory Leave

Changes to the Furlough Scheme and Parents Returning from Statutory Leave

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1 July to support the economy by allowing furloughed employees to return to work part-time.  Also changes for employees returning from statutory maternity and paternity leave. To enable the introduction of part-time furloughing, and support those already furloughed back to work, claims from July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees.

Furlough, Annual Leave and Bank Holidays – update

Furlough, Annual Leave and Bank Holidays – update

The Government has extended the furlough scheme by four months, until the end of October 2020.  There will be no changes to the scheme until 31 July.  From August the scheme may change to allow furloughed employees to be brought back part-time to assist employers to build their businesses back up.  (more…)

Furlough scheme extended until October

Furlough scheme extended until October

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020). (more…)

Annual Leave and the Coronavirus Crisis

Annual Leave and the Coronavirus Crisis

I’ve had a number of clients ask what to do about annual leave during this crisis.  There are a number of issues here which I would be happy to talk through with you, but in the meantime, here are a few pointers: Can I insist employees take some of their annual leave whilst they are furloughed?  (more…)

Coronavirus – FAQs on the government support for employers

Coronavirus – FAQs on the government support for employers

The government announced on 20th March its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  (more…)

It’s snowing… the world is coming to an end… what do I do?

It’s snowing… the world is coming to an end… what do I do?

A few answers to some common questions about bad weather. Do I have to pay employees who cannot get to work because of severe weather?

New Parental Bereavement Bill

New Parental Bereavement Bill

There is currently no legal obligation for employers to allow parents paid time off to grieve after losing a child.  Many employers do provide paid time off and are flexible in their approach, however the length of time offered varies significantly between employers. (more…)

Employment Tribunal Fees Abolished

Employment Tribunal Fees Abolished

From today (26th July 2017), employees will no longer have to pay a fee to bring an Employment Tribunal claim.  (more…)

How long is long enough?  Dismissing an absent employee

How long is long enough? Dismissing an absent employee

Ms O’Brien’s ordeal began in 2011 when she was assaulted by a pupil at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy (more…)