Job Support Scheme: The new government plan to protect jobs affected by the pandemic

Elizabeth Bayliss and Katharine Foster outline the support available under the postponed Job Support Scheme to employers forced to close their premises or facing reduced demand due to Covid-19 Employers may claim the JSS Open and JSS Closed grants at the same time for different employees. However, they cannot claim for a single employee under …
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Covid-19: Managing the impact of tougher restrictions on employers

Amanda Sanders and Charlotte Emmerson look at how employers should respond to the government’s advice on face coverings in certain workplaces and on a return to home working The government has published a number of guides for working safely during coronavirus in England and similar guidance applies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This guidance …
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New legislation: Self-isolate or face the consequences

Employers who knowingly permit a member of staff to come to work when they should be self-isolating could now be fined, warn Emma Burrows and Anna Scott A failure by an employee to provide the required information to an employer will result in criminal liability and a fixed penalty of £50. Employers all need to …
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Employee wellbeing: Domestic abuse – a business issue

Monica Kurnatowska and Hannah Swift examine the cost of domestic abuse for employers and their role in supporting affected staff members Although typically the abuse may be entirely unconnected to work, there are circumstances in which employers can dismiss for conduct that occurs outside work. An estimated 2.4 million adults in the UK aged 16 …
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Diversity and inclusion: Key steps to support non-binary employees after landmark ruling

Jennifer Millins, Molly Flood and Morgan Reardon explore the legal and practical ramifications of the Jaguar Land Rover case There is a wide group of people who identify as non-binary or similar, for whom the concept of ‘reassigning’ their sex is fundamentally incompatible with their gender identity. This article examines the recent judgment in Taylor …
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Religion and belief: Stoicism now considered a philosophical belief

Shah Qureshi reviews the recent employment tribunal decision which determined that Stoicism qualifies for protection under the Equality Act 2010 It was clear to the judge that Mr Jackson had a strong interest in and adherence to Stoicism for a number of years, which ‘transcends merely holding an opinion’. In the preliminary hearing decision in …
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Legal news: Employment update

Jo Broadbent rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers Changes to tribunal procedure to deal with Covid backlog The Ministry of Justice employment tribunal statistics for the first quarter of 2020/21 revealed that single claims had increased by 18% from the previous year, while the tribunals’ outstanding caseload increased by 31%. This was …
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