Some Furlough Updates: Treasury Direction & Company Names

Since the last newsletter there have been a couple of updates with regards to the furlough scheme and how it is applied.

Firstly, the Treasury has issued a new Direction to HMRC regarding the rules of payment from 1st February to the 30th April 2021.
Posted on 01 Feb 2021

Mum’s the Word: Covid-19

For those of you who have pregnant employees, you will be aware that the advice with regards to their safety (and what they should be paid) has changed a lot over the last year and so it is not surprising that many people have been confused as to what the arrangements should be.
Posted on 01 Feb 2021

Return to “Name and Shame” for NMW breaches

You may remember that the government previously introduced a “name and shame” scheme for employers who had flouted the National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations. The scheme had been paused so that an evaluation of its effectiveness could be carried out. As a result the government announced on 11 February 2020 that the scheme would resume, and it published its first list on 31st December 2020.
Posted on 18 Jan 2021

When frustration needs to be tempered!

I know that it can be frustrating for employers when they have an employee who always seems to be off sick and the get to the point of “enough is enough” but even then it is important to follow your processes as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) found out to their cost.

In a recent tribunal claim brought by one of their former employees, Mr Rumbold, it was found that despite missing over 800 shifts during his 20-year employment with them, their failure to follow their absence management process meant that a tribunal found his ultimate dismissal to be unfair. It is estimated that it cost the firm £95,850 in sick pay during that time.
Posted on 18 Jan 2021

Covid Self-Isolation Queries

I have had a lot of employers contact me to ask about various scenarios regarding Covid symptoms. For example, involving employees who: have tested positive for the Coronavirus; have been in contact with someone who has symptoms; are shielding; or have returned from abroad etc.
Posted on 18 Jan 2021
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