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COVID-19: Key Developments on Job Retention Scheme

20th April 2020

It has now been just over a month since the Government announced that it would be launching its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the CJRS”), which introduced the concept of “furlough” to assist those who had been laid off or made redundant, or faced the threat of such action, due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses. Since then the details of the scheme have been provided by way of HMRC’s guidance, albeit having been published in fits and starts, and still containing a few ambiguities and gaps.

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COVID-19 Update: 15 April 2020

15th April 2020

Clearer guidance on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, under which employees are placed on furlough leave, has been announced by HMRC and expanded upon by the Chancellor in yesterday’s media briefing. 

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COVID-19: Employment - Useful Links

18th March 2020

For those concerned about the employment implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic, whether you are an employee or employer, please see the below public links as an initial starting point. Please contact our Matthew Cranton ( if you wish to discuss your particular case.

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Employment Law: What to Expect in 2018

2017 has widely been held as a year of uncertainty in the UK; from the surprise announcement of a snap election to the unforeseen subsequent impact of the same on Theresa May’s majority in the House of Commons, and from the glacial progress of Brexit negotiations to the unpredictable nature of the leader of one of the UK’s biggest allies (and his Twitter feed), the humble UK resident can barely have felt more unsure of the country’s future. So will 2018 provide the stability and certainty that has been so lacking for the past year?

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Casting Shadows: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The story of a powerful film producer who uses his position to manipulate or abuse aspiring actresses into sexual activities would be seen by most filmmakers to be a bit clichéd and unlikely to win them an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; but the extent to which the allegations of rape, sexual harassment and bullying have mounted against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most influential movie producers in America, is certainly something that has not been seen before in Hollywood.

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BREAKING: Employment Tribunal fees unlawful

The Supreme Court has today ruled that the Employment Tribunal fees introduced in 2013, which led to a 70% reduction in the number of claims being submitted, are unlawful.

In its judgment, the Supreme Court compared the fees in Employment Tribunals to the small claims court and noted that it was far cheaper to bring a claim for a small sum of money. The Supreme Court determined that employment rights are granted by statute created by Parliament and that prescribed fees interfered unjustifiably with the right of access to justice at common law.

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Ban O Ban: Identifying and Preventing Discrimination

Due to President Trump’s attempts to restrict travel to the US for nationals of certain countries, the issue of racism is at the forefront of political and social discussions. An executive order imposing a temporary ban in respect of seven Muslim-majority countries came into force on 27 January but was subsequently halted by a federal judge. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the ban should not be reinstated, but “The Donald” has instead issued a new, slightly revised ban, removing one of the countries and amending a few of the particularly problematic restrictions.

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Happy New Year: What to Expect in Employment Law in 2017

It may be a bit of an understatement, but 2016 can safely be called a year of surprises. A businessman who had never held political office was elected the next President of the United States of America; Leicester City won the Premier League at odds of 5,000/1; Team GB won even more medals at the Rio Olympics than they had in London four years prior; and, of course, the British public surprised the pollsters by voting in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

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Show Me The Waiver, Go Home: Using Settlement Agreements

Anyone who has ever spent more than five minutes talking with an employment solicitor is likely to have heard the term “settlement agreement” crop up. This may be in the context of an employment tribunal claim, a possible redundancy or even the sale of a business. But what is a settlement agreement, and why is it important?


What is a settlement agreement?

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That’s A Sweet Gig: The Uber Decision and its Implications

An Employment Tribunal was recently tasked with determining whether drivers for the mobile taxi-hailing service Uber were “workers” (within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996)) or were self-employed contractors. Ultimately, the Tribunal determined that, for employment law purposes, Uber drivers were workers and as such were entitled to certain rights. The case attracted a high level of media interest, not least due to the huge cost implications to Uber in providing all drivers with annual leave and minimum wage.