The proposed flexible working reform

The UK Government has proposed reforming and extending the statutory right to request flexible working, including the right to request flexible working from the first day of employment. It builds […]

What are flexi-job apprenticeships?

Flexi-Job Apprenticeship

On 3 August 2021, the UK Government launched its new flexi-job apprenticeship offer, allocating funding of £7 million over the next two years to establish flexi-job apprenticeship agencies. This change […]

The new Covid-19 Autumn and Winter Plan

On 14 September 2021, the UK Government published its coronavirus (COVID-19) Autumn and Winter Plan for England. The Government has two plans; Plan A (to be followed if the pandemic […]

The end of the UK furlough scheme

Furlough ending

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced to support businesses with retaining staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Under the CJRS, staff members who would have otherwise been laid-off […]

Employee data protection

Employee data protection

The UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) set out the basic legal rules on protecting data belonging to private individuals. These data protection […]

Understanding medical data retention

Medical data retention has to balance the need for care with respect for privacy. It also has to reflect real-world practicalities such as storage, both physical and digital. GDPR also […]

Can employers make vaccination against coronavirus mandatory?

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are not currently mandatory, apart from in certain sectors (eg care homes) However, the question remains as to whether employers will be able to make vaccination a […]

Understanding The Laws On Vending Machines

The laws and regulations on vending machines cover both the machine itself and the products it sells. If a vending machine operator has other people provide services for them, then […]

5 tips on how to conduct an employee evaluation

Employee evaluations can be a daunting process for both the manager and the employee but when done correctly, they can help maximise an employee’s potential to grow in the company. […]

Landmark ruling on working weekends. What does this mean for me?

On 22 June 2021, the Employment Appeal Tribunal granted a landmark ruling establishing that employers should take into account ‘childcare disparity’ (greater burden or childcare responsibility) that women usually have.  […]

Can an employer make workplace Covid testing mandatory?

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As the majority of UK businesses reopen for the UK Government’s Phase 3 out of lockdown strategy on 17 May, we look at how employers can make the workplace safer […]

How to make an IR35 status determination

Employers that engage consultants or contractors now need to determine whether the consultant or contractor falls inside or outside of IR35 by assessing the employment status of workers.  IR35 off-payroll […]