The number of claims received by employment tribunals were up 27% last year over the previous year, significantly larger than the 7% increase over the previous period. This is not unexpected, but with the delays caused by historic funding issues and the changes in operation by the Tribunal Service, the number of pending cases has increased significantly. However, Tribunals are now working on dealing with more of them as online/ hybrid hearings as they try to tackle the backlog.
So how does this impact on employers?
Posted on 18 Jan 2021
On 4th January 2021, The Prime Minister announced that there would be an imminent return to lockdown in England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland had already taken action to impose stricter restrictions). This is a change from the tiered approach that had been taken at the end of 2020. This has altered the working situations for many people – especially with regards to the instruction (rather than guidance) to work from home where possible. Many sectors of business have also been ordered to close and so it is worth bringing together the information that is currently available.
Posted on 05 Jan 2021
Here we go again - yet another extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for government funded furlough has been announced.
Posted on 17 Dec 2020
I have been asked several questions on pay and employee motivation given the impact Covid-19 has had on businesses in 2020. These include:
1. How will remote working affect employers' pay decisions?
2. How do you keep employees engaged if you can't afford pay rises? (Especially if they were expecting a pay rise or promotion before the outbreak); and
3. How does the pandemic change the career progression companies can offer?
So what can you do in these situations?
Posted on 14 Dec 2020
“I think the people of this country have had enough of experts,” said Michael Gove in his famous quote in the runup to the Brexit referendum. Since then, the government has changed its tune and now says that it follows the advice of experts. Whether you believe they do or not, it is true that we often consider the views of those respected in their professional fields before making decisions. So, I am pleased to say that over the last few months, several authoritative publications have sought my views on a range of topical HR issues.
Posted on 11 Dec 2020