Employment Law Blog

1 October 2020

The post-Brexit right to work check grace period for EU citizens – is it really that helpful?

So, we have three months to go before the transition period ends and we leave Europe for good. We know that EU citizens resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme before the 30 June 2021 deadline.  Are we also clear about what will happen with EU citizens who arrive from 1 January to work? To an increasing extent we are and if you review the government guidance on this topic it is helpful and confirms that employers who want to employ EU citizens from 1 January will require a sponsor licence in order to directly sponsor EU citizens, as they have been doing already for non-EU citizens.

Marcia Longdon

28 September 2020

The silent threat of unconscious race discrimination in the workplace

Throughout recent events which have seen an increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and issues of race equality, there has been a lot of discussion around our biases and how we can all do work to unlearn the negative stereotypes that occupy our minds and affect how we see and react to others. Most people know that conscious acts of overt racism in the workplace are unlawful and, thankfully, such occurrences are rare.  But what about the less obvious and sometimes unconscious discriminatory behaviours in the workplace? What are they?  What problems do they cause and what steps can we take to overcome them?

24 September 2020

Return to the office...at home

The Prime Minister’s recent announcement regarding the new restrictions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has come as a blow to many businesses, particularly in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors.  The call for office workers who can work effectively from home to do so over the winter (confirmed in revised Guidance) represents a clear shift in the Government’s position from just a few weeks ago, when it was encouraging people to return to the workplace. 

Bina Patel

24 September 2020

Following on from Furlough: the new Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new Job Support Scheme designed to protect the UK economy through what he described as a “difficult winter" ahead. As opposed to extending the current furlough scheme beyond 31 October, the government’s new Job Support Scheme will run for six months from 1 November 2020.

Nikola Southern

23 September 2020

Changes to the employment tribunal rules and procedure - clearing the backlog

It was reported last week that the Employment Tribunals have an increasing backlog of cases (approximately 45,000 by 23 August 2020) due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are faced with an even greater crisis given the expected spike in claims in the coming months as the furlough scheme comes to an end, redundancies bite and disgruntled employees seek to challenge their employers.

Özlem Mehmet

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