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Did you know there are things you MUST do as an employer to make sure it’s all legal? Now that all restrictions have been lifted with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, you might think that everything has returned to normal in the world of work. But many employees have decided that they like working from…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Football coach Bob Higgins has been found guilty of criminal abuse, but are his employers, Southampton FC also liable to his victims in a civil claim? The former youth football coach was found guilty of 45 counts of indecent assault recently and his conviction will allow a Football Association review into child sex abuse allegations…

It is illegal to make recruitment decisions based on gender, race, religion, age, disability, marriage status or sexual orientation unless the job reasonably requires that specific characteristic. Positive discrimination is the attempt to address under-representation from certain groups by encouraging applications from those groups and is particularly prevalent in the public sector. In a recent…

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