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New hire awarded £23,000 for email sacking

An employee who was sacked by email after she took sickness absence in her first week’s employment has been awarded £23,000 by the tribunal. New hires can’t claim unfair dismissal, so why did she receive such a big award?


Unfairly dismissed for calling bosses “twit and twat”

An employee who was dismissed for referring to his bosses as “twit and twat” in a text to a client has won his tribunal claim for unfair dismissal. The employer involved made a fatal error. What was it and how could it have been avoided?


Can furloughed employees be made redundant?

You might have furloughed members of staff or be planning on doing so. Where an employee has been furloughed can you make them redundant during or after their furlough period?


The next steps to safety

New government guidance details the road to recovery that must be followed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. What’s to know?


Compelling workers to take holiday

Workers accrue holiday during furlough and some holiday rights can now be carried over for up to two years. Can you compel staff to take accrued holiday during furlough?


The HSE’s stance on social distancing

If you’re wondering what the consequences might be if you don’t try that hard to enforce coronavirus rules, the HSE has given clarification. What do you need to know?


Test and trace - a right to full pay?

The government has launched its test and trace scheme to help stop the spread of coronavirus. If one of your employees is contacted by the service and advised to self-isolate for 14 days, are they entitled to receive full pay?


A Plan for Jobs - what does it mean?

To spur the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor presented his “Plan for Jobs” to Parliament on 8 July 2020. What are the key employment points?


Shielding measures paused from 1 August 2020

The government’s shielding programme for the clinically extremely vulnerable will be paused in England from 1 August 2020. What is the impact on shielding employees?


Dealing with post-lockdown flexible working requests

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in large numbers of normally office-based employees working from home. When offices do re-open, it’s likely to result in an increase in flexible working requests. Can you still say no?


When isn’t it reasonably practicable to take annual leave?

There seems to be a misunderstanding amongst many workers (and some employers) that they now have a right to carry over any untaken annual leave for up to two years thanks to coronavirus. This isn’t quite true. What’s the actual legal position?


Postnatal depression after maternity leave

According to the NHS, postnatal depression affects over one in ten women and can start at any time in the first year after giving birth. What’s the legal position if an employee due back from maternity leave fails to return because she has postnatal depression?