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Employment legal update #39: August 2020

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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Implementing more permanent flexible working after Covid-19

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Matt Hancock has said he would consider making it a legal requirement for all staff to be able to work from home. This is unlikely to happen as it would be too restrictive for the economy. Yet as workplaces are starting to open up again, employers report staff wanting to retain some flexibility they had in lockdown.

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Statutory redundancy pay and notice pay increased for employees on furlough

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

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What employers need to know before shielders can return to work on 1 August

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As lockdown eases, the government has announced that from 1 August shielding guidance in England will be paused (although this will continue in Wales until at least 16 August). Gemma Ospedale explains the key information employers need to consider.

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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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Employment legal update #38

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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The post-covid workspace – 5 ways employers can protect the mental health of their workforce

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Contributing authors: Gemma Ospedale

With 4 in 10 employees anxious about returning to the workplace, employers should be taking steps now to implement a safe return to work for their employees.

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Should you sign a settlement agreement on your redundancy?

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Being made redundant can be a very challenging time. But what is the best approach to take? Signing a settlement agreement may be the best option for you, however there are a few thing that you need to know first.

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Returning to work in the coronavirus world: Part 3 – Working from Home

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Working from home

In this third and final part of our “Returning to work” series, we examine the pros and cons of working from home and issues employers need to consider if staff continue to work from home on a longer term basis.

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New guidance on flexible furlough issued

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The Government has today (26 June 2020) issued a Treasury Direction concerning the new flexible furlough scheme which comes into force on 1 July 2020.

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Flexible Furlough – what you need to know about the updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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John Nevin from our Employment team explains what has changed with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and gives some practical guidance for employers to consider.

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Returning to work in the coronavirus world: Part 2 – Staff

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Returning to work in the coronavirus world

In this second part of our return to work series, we examine some of the issues which employers may experience in asking people to return to work and risks of which they need to be aware.

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