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 …

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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 …

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GDPR: Handling subject access requests

The GDPR modified the right of individuals to access data held about them.  Here is a basic guide on what to do if you receive a Subject Access Request (SAR). Is the request valid?  Requests can be either verbal or written.  The request need not refer to the legislation or even say it is a … Read more …

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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 …

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Employers Factsheet

What do I need to know regarding “Furloughed Workers”? On Friday 20 March, the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Under the Scheme, it will be possible for employers (including churches and charities) to be reimbursed some costs where staff are designated “furloughed workers” and meet the terms of the Scheme. This is … Read more …