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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Weekly Issue 704

Changes to furlough support

Following the national lockdown, the government has updated its guidance on which employees can be furloughed under the current scheme (...).

Contract of employment

Weekly Issue 704

Notice of termination

When an employment contract is terminated by notice, the date of termination is the date on which notice expires. In Gardner v The Coopers Company & Coborn School, the Employment Appeal Tribunal consi

Definition of a worker

Weekly Issue 704

Degree of control

When determining if someone is an employee, tribunals apply certain tests which include examining the degree of control that the employer has over the individual. In Glasgow City Council v Mr Johstone

Maternity/Parental rights

Weekly Issue 703

Furlough for working parents

After a series of chaotic announcements on school closures, the TUC is calling on the government to offer furlough to all working parents (...).

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 703

The “plus” factor

To successfully challenge a complaint of indirect age discrimination about a provision, criterion or practice, employers have to show that it was a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. I

Health and Safety

Weekly Issue 703

Taking protective steps

The High Court has held in R (The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and ors that the concept of “worker” protected under two EU health and saf

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Weekly Issue 702

Call to reform sick pay

The Resolution Foundation, an independent think tank, is calling on the government to allow employers to use the Job Retention Scheme to pay self-isolating workers rather than Statutory Sick Pay (...)

Unfair dismissal

Weekly Issue 702

Repudiatory acceptance

If an employer fundamentally breaches a contract of employment (called a repudiatory breach), the employee may accept the breach, resign and claim unfair constructive dismissal. In Chemcem Scotland Lt

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 702

Fair-minded observer

In Lyfar-Cissƒ v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, the question was raised as to whether a tribunal decision was biased by the presence of a lay member at two hearings relating to th

Contract of employment

Weekly Issue 701

The consulting room

The government has issued two consultation documents dealing with terms in employment contracts as a result of the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on employment levels (...).

Contract of employment

Weekly Issue 701

Periods of employment

Prior to April 2020, the law required employers to provide employees with a statement of terms and conditions within two months of starting their employment. In Iqbal (t/a Smokin’ Rooster) v Singh, th

Definition of a worker

Weekly Issue 701

Ultimate control

In order to decide whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor, tribunals have to consider the degree of control that the employer has over the individual, among other things. In Banne