Extension to off payroll working rules

Before words like ‘coronavirus’, ‘pandemic’ and ‘social-distancing’ became part of our daily vocabulary, a topic high on the agenda was IR35 and the off-payroll working rules. In the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Government confirmed that the off-payroll working rules would be extended to the private sector from 6 April 2020. In response to the pandemic, […]

Employment news – Issue four

Welcome to the first Employment News of 2021. We hope that you are continuing to keep safe during the third national lockdown of the last 12 months. It can be difficult to stay optimistic during these times but it is promising to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel with the […]

Employment news – Issue three

Read the final edition of the Employment News Update for 2020. It’s been an interesting year for employment law – having to get to grips fast with remote-working in the midst of a pandemic. In January, our main concern as employment lawyers was IR35 and the new clauses that had to be included in employment […]

Covid-19: Extension of furlough

The Prime Minister has announced that England will be entering into a national lockdown from Thursday 5 November until at least 2 December 2020. During the lockdown pubs, restaurants, gyms, non-essential shops and places of worship will close but schools and universities will stay open. People should work from home where possible but those industries where working […]

Covid-19: Three tier lockdown and extension to the Job Support Scheme

The Prime Minister has formally unveiled plans for a new three tier system for implementing local lockdowns restrictions across England. The system uses three levels which are ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Very High’ to determine the measures to be imposed in certain areas. Most areas are at medium level and those who are currently facing local […]

Employment news – Issue two

Read our second issue of our employment newsletter, this month comes at a busy time for our employer clients. With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme due to end on 31 October, the Chancellor unveiled plans on 24 September for the Job Support Scheme which is intended to follow from 1 November. We anticipate an increase […]

Covid-19: New Coronavirus Regulations now in force

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force in England at midnight. The Regulations confirm and set out the rules regarding mandatory periods of self-isolation following the rollout of the NHS contact tracing app. The Regulations also increase the level of fines for failing to comply with the self-isolation rules to as much […]

Covid-19: New legislation for redundancy and notice pay of furloughed employees

The government has announced new legislation to ensure that furloughed employees who are made redundant will receive a statutory redundancy payment based on their normal rate of pay and not their reduced furlough pay. The same will apply in respect of notice payments for furloughed employees.  The new legislation is to come into force today (31 […]

Covid-19: Travel abroad and compulsory quarantine – how do employers manage this?

Schools have broken up for summer holidays and more employees are now venturing out and going abroad. Already we are seeing signs of further coronavirus related issues for employers. The first big challenge has been triggered by the government’s sudden decision to impose 14-day quarantine on those returning from Spain.This has implications for employees who […]

Employment news – Issue one

Read our first issue of Employment News as a new firm, Moore Barlow showcasing articles and information related to HR and employment law for employers. In these times of uncertainty, our employment law team are on hand to assist you with any issues you might be facing at the moment. Whether that be dealing with […]

Flexible furlough scheme

Over the weekend, the government released guidance about upcoming changes to the coronavirus job retention scheme (also known as the furlough scheme). The changes relate to new flexible furlough arrangements that will be available for employers to operate as they ease out of lock down and before the scheme closes as the end of October. […]

Seasonal worker scheme multiplies by four

Following concerns over a lack of migrant labour as a consequence of Brexit, the government is significantly expanding its Seasonal Workers Pilot, which was first announced in 2018, in order to boost the UK horticulture sector for the 2020 harvest. The scheme, which permits agricultural businesses to take on seasonal migrant workers from outside the […]

Extension to the furlough scheme

The Chancellor has today announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Scheme”) will be extended for four months, until the end of October 2020. There will be no changes in relation to how the Scheme is run between now and the end of July 2020. Between August and October 2020 the Scheme will be continue […]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Tronc and tips

We know that many of our clients have been eagerly awaiting further guidance from HMRC about whether tronc payments should be included in the calculation of wages for the purpose of the retention scheme. The guidance has been updated to confirm that “any tips, including those distributed through troncs” are not to be included when calculating wages. […]

2020/2021 Rates

Quick and easy access to employment law data booklet. Following the announcement of our merger with Barlow Robbins, our data booklet which includes easily accessible brief employment law information, will this year be distributed a month later, in May. The data booklet includes the and limits for the upcoming tax year. As we know many […]

Employment law update – February 2020

In this issue we look at one of the largest surveys on sexual harassment in the workplace, and cover the rise in employers failing to pay minimum wage. We also update you on several discrimination cases: that of Samira Ahmed who won her equal pay case against the BBC, a transgender job applicant and her […]

Government sexual harassment survey

In one of the largest ever surveys of its kind to be carried out, the Government EqualitiesOffice is surveying thousands of victims of sexual harassment as the government continues to address the issue of harassment in the workplace. Wanting to strengthen protection for workers, the government has issued a survey to 12,000 workers, inviting them […]

Employment law update – December 2019

In this edition we cover some unusual employment law cases; that of an employee who mistakenlyhanded over £200,000 to a fraudster and a head teacher awarded £700,000 after winning hisdiscrimination claim at an employment tribunal.

Employment law update – October 2019

In this issue we cover the latest proposed protections for zero hours workers, how junior doctors could find themselves owed £250,000, and an important ruling on how holiday pay should be calculated for part year workers.

Vegetarianism not a philosophical belief

Conisbee v Crossley Farms Ltd and others In an intriguing case, the Tribunal considered whether vegetarianism is a belief, and therefore a protected characteristic, or a ‘lifestyle choice’. Mr Conisbee, the claimant, resigned after being told off for not ironing his shirt. As he’d only been employed for five months, he didn’t have the requisite […]

Employment law update – August 2019

Welcome to this month’s update with topics as scorching hot as we would hope for weather in August! This issue covers a change in the law for employment competition for the first time in 100 years, the biggest data breach penalty yet and an employee secretly recording a meeting with HR. With changes to divorce […]

Employment law update – June 2019

This month’s update covers the possible extended redundancy protection for new parents, how a training session resulted in a successful racial harassment claim and the COA’s ruling that men onshared parental leave need not be paid as much as women who are on enhanced maternity pay. Our June issue also features a guest article from […]

No more staff parties?

Following a recent compensation claim for £300,000 against Cancer Research UK by one of its employees during a staff party, employers may need to review the potential health and safety risks at social events, and think twice before throwing office parties.

Employment law update – March 2019

 In this edition we therefore look at what companies should do to prepare for any further cold episodes we may experience this winter. We also bring you another case looking at employment status; and our feature article this month is from our immigration team who consider how you can protect your business after Brexit.

Christmas party bust-up: boss to blame. The case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd

An employer can be held liable for the unlawful actions of one of its employees if it takes place during the course of their employment. This is known as ‘vicarious liability’.  ‘Employment’ is provided with a very wide meaning and can extend to social events that take place off-site and outside normal working hours.

Are you ready for gender pay reporting?

While gender pay reporting currently only applies to organisations employing over 250 people, it’s advisable that any organisation employing over 100 people take a keen interest in the legislation as the rules could be rolled out more broadly over time. Although organisations employing less than 250 people aren’t obliged to report, they can do so […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Christmas can be a notoriously tricky time for employers, with numerous social events and of course the inevitable office Christmas party. How can you deal with these situations if something gets out of hand? What do you do about calculating employees’ holiday allowance for the festive period? Our mini guide below will help you overcome […]

Changes to employment law proposed by review of modern working practices (the ‘gig economy’)

The gig economy is often defined as “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs.” Prior to going mainstream, the term ‘gigging’ was most commonly used in the musical world, for those musicians who are only paid per concert, or ‘gig’ they do. Now the […]

Are your contracts clear on when notice to terminate employment is deemed to be given?

If an employment contract is silent on when notice is deemed to be given, notice of termination doesn’t take effect until the notice has been actually received. This may potentially have immense consequences for your company if it means the employee has completed an extra year service by the time they receive the notice, and […]

Pimlico Plumbers & Anor v Smith: when is a plumber a worker?

Determining ‘worker’ status has been a major focus in the world of employment law recently, with several high-profile cases considering the issue. Aslam, Farrar and Others v Uber contemplated whether Uber’s taxi drivers were workers or self-employed contractors, while the employment status of CitySprint’s couriers was deliberated in Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd. The issue […]

The National Minimum Wage – make sure your business doesn’t end up on the government’s name and shame list!

On 15 February 2017, the government ‘named and shamed’ more than 350 employers who had underpaid their workers the national minimum or ‘living’ wage. Department store Debenhams topped the list of offending employers, having failed to pay £134,894.83 to nearly £12,000 workers. Under the government’s ‘name and shame’ scheme, the names of all employers who […]

The Trade Union Act 2016: an update

Last year we reported on the Trade Union Act 2016 (the “Act”) which received royal assent on 4 May 2016. The Act contains key provisions which apply to unionised work forces and have an increased effect on public services. In the words of the government, the aim of the Act is to ‘ensure strikes can […]