Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant: What You Need To Know

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant: what you need to know

If you are self-employed, you may be aware of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. Applications for the fifth (and final) grant are currently open but will close on 30 September 2021. If you are eligible to receive the grant and have not yet completed your application, now is the time to act. This article provides the key information you need to know about the grant. When can I apply for the fifth SEISS grant? If you are eligible for the grant, you may have been contacted about your…

Blog: Bullying And Racism In The Workplace During Lockdown

Blog: Bullying and racism in the workplace during lockdown

Dealing with bullying and racism in the workplace, particularly with many staff working in different environments during lockdown. Bullying and racism affect everyone involved, and harassment hits hard at every level.  Bullying or racism may seem the fate of the underdog, but recent headlines have shown how it may affect anyone at any level, including royalty and high-flying civil servants.  Seniority and titles do not confer special protection. Companies are being encouraged to review their employment policies. Most recently, the Duchess of Sussex has talked about the impact of racism…

Blog: Caring Responsibilities During Furlough And Your Rights

Blog: Caring responsibilities during furlough and your rights

The rules concerning furlough, schools, and workplace restrictions continue to change frequently, and it can be difficult for both employers and employees to keep up. However, if you are affected by furlough or there has been a change in your caring responsibilities, it is essential that you understand your rights under UK employment law. Government guidance on the furlough scheme, issued in November, confirmed that furlough is available to employees who must stay home because they have caring responsibilities as a result of coronavirus. In this article, we look at…

Blog: Your Rights In Disciplinary And Grievance Procedures During Coronavirus

Blog: Your rights in disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

While many workplaces continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, employment law and the Acas Code of Practice concerning disciplinary and grievance procedures still apply.  Do you know your rights in disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus? If you are facing disciplinary action or grievance procedures, you must be aware of your rights and how these might be affected by coronavirus restrictions. Furloughed workers If you are currently on furlough, it is still possible to be involved in disciplinary or grievance procedures. Whilst on furlough, you may: Take part in…

Why Big Brother Needs To Watch Out When It Comes To Employee Monitoring

Why Big Brother needs to watch out when it comes to employee monitoring

The ‘Big Brother’ surveillance scenario envisaged by George Orwell has long since become reality.  The ability to watch citizens outlined in the futuristic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, is now firmly fact, not fiction. Rolling back to 2013, the British Security Industry Association estimated that the number of CCTV surveillance cameras in the UK numbered some 4 to 6 million and recent estimates put London in the top three cities worldwide having the highest number of cameras by population.  This race towards technological surveillance and monitoring saw a further boost during…

The New Immigration Rules: Deadlines You Need To Know

The new immigration rules: deadlines you need to know

The UK’s new immigration system will come into effect on 1st January 2021 and will apply to both EU citizens and non-EU citizens. This means that citizens of EU member states (with the exception of Ireland) who want to move to the UK on or after 1st January 2021 will require a visa to live, work or study. There are many consequences for both employers, workers, and families of EU citizens. There are also several important deadlines that you must make a note of if you are an EU citizen…

Stress-testing Before Celebrating A Virtual Office Christmas  

Stress-testing before celebrating a virtual office Christmas  

Christmas traditionally brings a round of festive celebrations for customers and employees, but with current Covid-19 restrictions, companies are having to re-think drinks and dinners for customers and learn how to stage a virtual staff party. Plans that venture into new territory will demand a doubling down on risk management.  Any corporate gifting and entertaining must stand up to the rules laid out in the Bribery Act, and an online Christmas party needs to be controlled to avoid employer liability from inappropriate staff behaviour. A recent poll[1] found that 26%…

The New Job Support Scheme – Your Questions Answered

The new Job Support Scheme – Your questions answered

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will replace the furlough scheme and will come into play on 1 November 2020. In this article, we look at FAQs covering how the scheme works, who is eligible and specific difficulties employers and employees might have concerns about. Which employees are eligible for JSS? Employees who have been on the PAYE payroll on or before 23 September 2020 are eligible for the JSS. They must also work at least 33% of their usual hours. Can only businesses who furloughed employees use the JSS? No,…

When Bullying Goes On Behind The Screen  

When bullying goes on behind the screen  

In the run-up to this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which runs from 16th- 20th November 2020, employers are being encouraged to look at how new styles of working may be affecting employees Employers are being encouraged to focus on how they manage and respond to bullying and harassment issues, including cyberbullying, in the new virtual working landscape. Working away from the office, staff may be missing working alongside their colleagues and the chance to have face-to-face meetings, according to a YouGov poll, but few will miss the fear of dealing with…

Chancellor announces Plan for Jobs to help Businesses

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced a plan for jobs on 8 July 2020. We set out some of the key highlights. Furlough will not be extended: although it seems attractive, it will be worse for the economy to extend it. So, it will end in October 2020. A new policy has been introduced to reward and incentivise employers who successfully bring furloughed staff back – a new Jobs Retention Bonus. As an employer, if you bring someone who was furloughed and you continuously employ them through to January 2021, the Government will…

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