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How should firms handle staff who refuse to travel into work to save petrol?

How should firms handle staff who refuse to travel into work to save petrol?

Current problems linked to fuel supply mean that many people have been struggling to readily access petrol. Marie Horner, Partner at Langleys Solicitors, discusses how employers can deal with staff who are refusing to travel into work due to this. Many employees may...

Temporary visa scheme permitted after HGV driver shortages

Temporary visa scheme permitted after HGV driver shortages

The Department for Transport has announced a temporary visa scheme, expected to run from October to 24th December, in order to alleviate HGV driver shortages.  Around 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers will be permitted to come to the UK for three months on a...

UK employees to be banned from taking staff tips

UK employees to be banned from taking staff tips

The government plans to introduce legislation to ban hospitality bosses from withholding staff tips. Employers in restaurants, cafés and pubs may soon be breaking the law by withholding tips from workers, many of whom are on minimum wage and rely on them to top up...

Government urged to reform immigration rules to support recruitment

Government urged to reform immigration rules to support recruitment

A new report calls on the Government to tweak the points-based immigration system in order to cope with key challenges within recruitment.  Published by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and global immigration law firm Fragomen, the report identifies...

Pandemic prompts one in five employers to change employee contracts

Pandemic prompts one in five employers to change employee contracts

During the pandemic, over a fifth of employers have made changes to employee contracts. This is according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) which analysed changes to employees' terms and conditions of employment during this...

COVID-related workplace claims spike by a fifth

COVID-related workplace claims spike by a fifth

A growing number of employers are being hit with COVID-related employment tribunal claims, a law firm warns.  Employers have been advised to carry out appropriate risk assessments as employment tribunal claims linked to COVID-19 continue to grow. According to Shah...

Morrisons slashes sick pay for unvaccinated employees

Morrisons slashes sick pay for unvaccinated employees

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket, is set to cut sick pay for unvaccinated workers who need to self-isolate. The company has justified the decision by saying that the intention is to encourage vaccine uptake, but also to mitigate the “biblical costs” of...

Employment Law Analysis

James Tamm: ‘Fire and Rehire’ – What do employers need to know?

James Tamm: ‘Fire and Rehire’ – What do employers need to know?

With flexible furlough set to finish at the end of September, there is a real risk that if the government doesn’t release additional funding to businesses, then ‘fire and rehire’ is likely to become more widespread. Companies may struggle to afford to keep staff on...

Daniel Stander: Is it lawful for employees to take on a second job?

Daniel Stander: Is it lawful for employees to take on a second job?

The news coverage of the Greensill scandal and “double-hatting” in the Civil Service has raised serious questions around taking on second jobs. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic will have driven many employees into taking on additional jobs, whether due to...

Rhona Darbyshire: The Expansion of Remote Working Rights

Rhona Darbyshire: The Expansion of Remote Working Rights

The trial run of remote and flexible working that the workforce has experienced over the last year has undoubtedly caused attitudes towards working to change drastically. Home working and flexible working hours have become “the new normal” and for many large...

Mukul Chawla: Modern slavery in the workplace

Mukul Chawla: Modern slavery in the workplace

This article was co-written by Mukul Chawla (Partner), Catherine Turner (Senior Associate) and Luke Hardingham (Associate).  Modern slavery is not going away. COVID-19 has shone light on how employers treat their workforce. The inevitable glut of labour resulting from...

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