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15 September 2020 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR

GDPR and employee data: two years on

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GDPR

There was a wave of activity in the lead up to GDPR becoming law in the UK on 25 May 2018. Employers were frantically data mapping, reviewing their policies and preparing privacy notices. This was followed by a significant increase in data subject access requests from employees who became very aware of their data rights and began using them.

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31 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Statutory redundancy pay and notice pay increased for employees on furlough

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Malcolm Gregory explains what you need to know about today’s (31 July) change to statutory redundancy and notice pay.

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21 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Employment

Can sickness absence be used as a redundancy selection criterion?

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While care must be taken when using sickness as a redundancy selection criterion, press reports suggesting that this is unlawful are overstated.

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13 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

The Government’s coronavirus safety guidance: 5 takeaways for employers

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Our Employment & HR team brings you the salient points from this week’s key Government updates: guidance on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic and the much-anticipated extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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6 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Negotiating the employment law issues in the government’s Safe Return to Work guidance

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson will update the country on Sunday about his plans to ease some of the current lockdown measures. But what do we know so far about the Government’s intentions to get employees back to work?

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20 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

A practical guide to claiming funds from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme online portal

From Monday 20 April 2020, employers who have furloughed staff in anticipation of being able to reclaim their wages from government funds will be able to start making applications under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. In this blog, we’ve summarised the key practical points for employers.

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20 March 2020 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

(Diamond) Light at the end of the tunnel

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Diamond Light Source

As the UK’s national synchrotron science facility at the forefront of world-changing scientific knowledge, our client Diamond Light Source is ensuring that it is doing everything possible to support researchers in their efforts to discover more about COVID-19.

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15 November 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA): the retail edition

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The impact of the latest High Court decision, Discovery (Northampton) Limited and others v Debenhams Retail Limited [2019] EWHC 2441 (Ch)

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11 November 2019 1 Comment Posted in Employment, Opinion

When can an employer rely on ‘private’ WhatsApp messages in the context of disciplining an employee?

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Have you ever become aware that an employee has done something inappropriate on social media? Maybe they posted something which they ought to have thought twice about, or maybe you have discovered an entirely inappropriate online conversation? Determining when it is possible to discipline an employee for their use of social media can be a tricky area.

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29 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Retail & Leisure

The future of the high street

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For decades the high street has been at the heart of our way of life. But in recent years it has been struggling as shopping habits change. Government recognises the importance of our high streets and that is why it has introduced the £1bn Future High Streets Fund.

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2 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Automation could widen gender pay gap

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Automation has been a buzzword for a few years. What is it exactly and why are we talking about the gender pay gap in the same story?

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28 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

Tackling Subject Access Requests from staff – top tips for employers

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Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, we have experienced a considerable rise in the number of Subject Access Requests (SAR) made to our employer clients. Requests can be burdensome, time-consuming and costly to deal with but there are some practical ways to minimise these problems.

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