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    Lockdown III Following the announcement of a third national lockdown for England and Scotland Regulations have now come into force in England . Key points for employers to note are as follows: Many businesses will be required to close during the lockdown and others will obviously suffer a severe downturn in demand. The Chancellor has announced a[…]

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    It is time to refresh HR policies and practices for 2021 2020 was a tumultuous year with employers having to respond rapidly to the challenges of the pandemic. Culturally the world has shifted too, with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing momentum to improving equality and diversity at work. The end of the Brexit transition[…]

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    The Birmingham Employment Tribunal has decided that a non-binary/gender fluid male to female transitioner  did have protected characteristic of gender reassignment despite not having undergone any medical procedure in the case of Taylor v Jaguar. Ms Taylor worked for Jaguar as an engineer. In 2017, she informed management that she was transitioning from male to female.[…]

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    The viability of many businesses is on a knife edge and flexibility in scaling the workforce up or down at short notice has become increasingly important.   For many employers, keeping their workforce as flexible as possible will be essential for their future. However, the law around zero hours contracts, self-employment, personal service companies and[…]

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    As the Chancellor’s coronavirus job retention scheme enters its final phase and the prospect of a return to normal business seems distant for many companies, employers are having to contemplate redundancies if they are to keep their business afloat.   ‘Getting the redundancy procedure right is crucial, as mistakes can open the door for an[…]

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    The Government has published a factsheet explaining how the new Job Support Scheme works. The Job Support Scheme was announced yesterday by Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of a suite of measures to support the labour market following the forthcoming closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 October this[…]

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