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Further extension of the furlough scheme to 30 September The budget announced on 3rd March 2021 confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Furlough will continue until 30 September.  The scheme covers up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they do not work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month….

The starting point is that there is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee. So when asked to provide a reference, an employer can refuse to provide one, unless they are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Also, an employer must be…

Please note, this page, published in December 2020, will not be updated to reflect changing legislation. Keep up to date with government furlough regulations on our Furloughed Workers page. The Government announced on 5 November 2020 a further significant extension to the CJRS, which will now remain in place until 31 March 2021. There will…

We are delighted to announce that Barrett and Co has once again been rated as one of the three best employment law solicitors in Reading. Three Best Rated  gave Barrett and Co five stars and have rated us as one of the top three law solicitors in Reading. Three Best Rated is an independent website…

On 28th September, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The Regulations require all workers to notify their employer if they are required to self-isolate and they are due to undertake any work from a location that is not where they are self-isolating. This will usually be the employee’s home,…

Updated January 2021 Third lockdown and working in the office The third lockdown has confused people because in many ways the government guidelines are actually less strict than they were during the first lockdown, but many of the principles remain the same. Who is allowed to work in the office? The guidelines state that everyone…

On the day the UK government introduced “Flexible Furlough”, employment law expert Justin Sadler of Barrett & Co explained the latest changes to employment regulations for businesses unable to offer full-time work to their employees. Courtesy of Mid-Morning on BBC Radio Berkshire with Sarah Walker, 1st July 2020. Barrett & Co · Everything You Need…

The CJRS or furlough scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June 2020 Claims from 1 July onwards will be restricted to employers currently using the scheme and previously furloughed employees. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June in…

As lockdown continues to be eased, there are various reasons why you may be looking to take employees off furlough. You have more work than you had initially predicted or you need temporary cover for anyone who has become ill or needs to self-isolate. You may even be looking to implement a phased return in…

As COVID-19 continues to be an issue of great concern to governments across the globe, employees and employers are continuing to adapt to the changes to the workplace routine. For many employees, this means working from home as opposed to their office or equivalent. Employers have been strongly encouraged to enable employees to work from…

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