Employment

carers leave

Caring for the carers – a new statutory right for unpaid carers

The government has published its response to the 2020 consultation on carer’s leave, confirming its intention to introduce a new statutory right for unpaid carers to take up to one week (five working days) of unpaid leave per year when Parliamentary time allows. The right will apply in England, Wales and Scotland. Caring for the … Read more …

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The highs and lows of homeworking

The last 18 months has seen a huge increase in the number of staff working from home. For some, it has been a blessing; flexibility, no commute, no distractions. For others, it has been a headache: managing the employment relationship at a distance, monitoring productivity, learning how to use Zoom, and balancing working from home … Read more …

Furlough scheme changes from 1 July

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the ‘furlough scheme’) is currently due to end on 30 September 2021. Until that date, there’ll be no change from a worker perspective, with workers on the scheme continuing to receive 80% of their wages for hours not worked, up to the maximum amount of £2,500 per month. For employers … Read more …

Pensions and National Minimum Wage: changes that may affect you

National Minimum Wage As of April 2021, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been increased. All workers, except those who are genuinely self-employed, are entitled to receive the NLW or the NMW, as appropriate to their age or circumstances. The NLW now applies to workers of 23 years and … Read more …

Uber

Uber Decision: Protecting the Powerless

For many years, when considering the question of someone’s employment status, judges would give the example that a chauffeur was an employee and a taxi driver was self-employed. These days, things are no longer that simple. Many of us have followed the recent discussions in the newspapers about Uber drivers and their battle in the … Read more …

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Guidance on the extended furlough scheme

Since our latest factsheet (23 October) on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) / Job Support Scheme (JSS), there has been a change of play again (as we have come to expect over the last few months!) The JSS and job retention bonus have been put on hold for now and the CJRS (the “furlough” … Read more …

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Coronavirus Job Support Scheme

Please note regarding the below that the Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on Sunday 1st November, has now been postponed until the furlough scheme ends. Additional guidance will be set out shortly. As part of the Winter Economy Plan, on 24 September the Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (JSS). … Read more …

Foster care family

Our Analysis of the Cornerstone Judgment

The Cornerstone Judgment raises important questions for Christian organisations, such as Edward Connor Solicitors, who are seeking to conduct themselves in accordance with their beliefs, whilst obeying the law prohibiting unlawful discrimination. The full judgment can be read here. It is lengthy and we have written this article to clarify the key issues and principles, … Read more …

When it comes to employment law, status does matter!

Getting to grips with the legal status of those who “work” in your organisation can be confusing. For example, are they actually an employee? It’s important to get right because different types of working create different obligations and rights, and one way we should seek to honour God is by properly honouring our obligations to … Read more …