With “Independence Day” on July 4th symbolising an end to Covid-19 lockdown, employees are still nervous about returning to work indoors. Can my employer force me to return to the office? Before coronavirus, the answer to this question would be yes. Most employment contracts require a person to be available for work at a specific…

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…

Last updated 4th May 2020 For updates since 1st June 2020, please click here What is furlough leave? Furlough leave is a type of paid leave which the government introduced via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) to help businesses retain their staff during the coronavirus crisis. It enables employers to agree with their employees…

As Coronavirus COVID-19 continues its onslaught, the British Government has recently rolled out its latest advice to the general public with the message to remain in ‘lockdown’ save to carry out a strict few necessary tasks. Employers and employees are both understandably worried about future employment ramifications of an extended lockdown or a lengthy time…

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was introduced by the government last week to help employers if they cannot cover staff costs due to Covid-19.  The aim is to avoid redundancies, and the scheme can offer grants of up to 80% of an employee’s wage for all employment costs – up to a cap of £2,500…

Every year it seems that snow, flooding and leaves on the track lead to people being unable to get to work. What happens when staff call in and say they cannot get in? Can a business owner who consequently cannot open up his shop or offices lay-off his staff temporarily? Problems in travelling to work…

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