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IR 35 off payroll working rules delayed for a year

Speaking in the House of Commons on 17 March, Steve Barclay Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced that the Government is postponing the reform to the off payroll working rules for the private sector, known as IR35, from 6 April 2020 to 6 April 2021.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 27 March 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020 comes into force

The Act sets out proposed emergency legislative measures to address the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. The legislation is time-limited for two years, but not all of the measures come into force immediately. Instead, many of the measures can be commenced from area to area and time to time, so as to ensure that the need to protect the public’s health can be aligned with the need to safeguard individuals’ rights. These measures can subsequently be suspended and then later reactivated, if circumstances permit.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 26 March 2020

HR teams need to update policies as mental health-related employment claims rise

An increasing awareness of mental health issues is leading to higher rates of disability discrimination claims. With the rise in the growing awareness of mental health issues, and related claims, HR teams may need to educate line managers, and adapt workplace policies and practices accordingly.

Article by: Kimberley Wallace, Senior HR Consultant, EmployAssist HR, a leading HR consultancy 15 March 2020