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Employer had insufficient evidence to form reasonable belief misconduct committed

The EAT’s decision in K v L is a stark reminder of the need f0r an employer to have sufficient evidence to be able to form a reasonable belief that an employee has committed an act of misconduct. A schoolteacher, K, was charged with possession of indecent images of children but a decision was made not to prosecute.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 7 September 2020

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New help on offer for disabled people working from home during the pandemic

As Covid-19 is changing the way people work and impacting working environments and arrangements the Access to Work scheme has been extended to those disabled people working from home or in the workplace so they can benefit from extra help.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 4 September 2020

Employers need to be proactive in addressing drug and alcohol misuse intensified by the pandemic

The CIPD report 'Managing drug and alcohol misuse at work', stresses the need for employers to take a preventative and proactive approach to drug and alcohol misuse. This comes at a time when the research found that the coronavirus pandemic and the current period of economic uncertainty could make people feel more anxious or vulnerable e.g. 27% of employees said their alcohol consumption has increased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 3 September 2020

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HMRC start to send out Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Compliance letters

The Association of Taxation Technicians report that the first wave of compliance letters regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) were issued last week as HMRC moves into the post transaction review phase of the scheme. HMRC will be asking questions where they have concerns over the validity of claims.

Article by: 2 September 2020

DWP publish redundancy guidance for employers and employees

The Department for Work and Pensions have published information and guidance for both employers who will have to make redundancies and employees who are being made redundant. The guidance for employers includes information about the free Rapid Response Service, a redundancy service designed to give both employers and employees support and advice.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 1 September 2020

BEIS publishes guidance for employees self-isolating after returning to UK

The BEIS has published guidance for employees and employers who have to self-isolate after returning to the UK unless they’re travelling from a country with a quarantine exemption. This follows the recent additions to the list of those countries where a 14-day quarantine period is required upon return to the UK.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 25 August 2020

Sainsbury’s agrees to legally binding agreement with EHRC

Sainsbury’s has signed a legally binding document with the EHRC after being found liable for sexual harassment against a member of staff. While Sainsbury’s had made improvements to its understanding, policies, practices and procedures since the judgement, the EHRC suggested entering into a Section 23 agreement under the Equality Act 2006, which is due to last for 18 months from this summer.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 21 August 2020