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Latest HMRC Bulletin provides employer support for Covid 19 related issues

The June edition of the HMRC Employer Bulletin contains updates to support employers and payroll agents through the Coronavirus pandemic, with the very latest information on the Job Retention Scheme and Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 30 June 2020

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£52,000 compensation after suffering degrading racial and sexual orientation abuse

In Hoch v Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications Limited, H is white, South African by nationality, and heterosexual. An ET upheld his harassment related to race and sexual orientation claims. On the race claim, the ET found it surprising in nature given that H is white, but he is South African by nationality, yet the comments made were undoubtedly related to race

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 29 June 2020

ICO publishes six data protection steps for organisations to consider as staff begin to return to work

As lockdown restrictions start to ease and businesses begin to reopen, the ICO has set out the key steps organisations need to consider around the use of personal information. The six data protection steps for organisations addresses questions about the rules around organisations collecting additional personal information to provide a safe environment for their staff.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 24 June 2020

Acas updates coronavirus guidance to cover how to handle returning to work

Acas has updated its coronavirus guidance to cover best practice around how to handle returning to work. Covid19 has caused a lot of uncertainty in the workplace and Acas’s helpline has seen a record increase in calls from employers and employees wanting advice on how to handle changes to their work situation. Acas's advice is for employers and their staff to have early discussions about any plans to return to work and try to come to an agreement. These talks can take place with trade union or employee representatives and health and safety representatives, but all staff should be kept informed of plans and be able to feed into discussions.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 23 June 2020

HMRC update 5 CJRS online guides and publish 4 new pieces of guidance

HMRC have updated five pieces of online Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance for employers and published four new pieces of guidance as set out below. Employers are advised to read the ‘new’ guidance in full, with the starting point being the guidance in item (1) which sets out the changes to the CJRS. SM&B’s Employment and Business Immigration Team can provide any assistance required in interpreting and complying with this complex matrix of guiding principles.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 22 June 2020

Successfully handling disputes at work

It’s no secret that workplace conflict can have a negative impact on an organisation and its employees. Whether it’s a grievance, disciplinary or bullying investigation the road to resolution can be time consuming and costly. In fact, the CBI estimates that it costs UK business around £33 billion per year and 370 million working days. The

Article by: Alastair Currie, Employment Partner - Bevan Brittan 19 June 2020

TUC launch survey on how BME workers are being treated at work during the Covid 19 crisis

The TUC have asked for help to understand black and minority ethnic workers experiences at work during the coronavirus crisis. The TUC say that BME workers have reported being discriminated against in a number of ways - being singled out for more dangerous or difficult work, not getting access to adequate PPE, not being furloughed despite having health conditions, being targeted when hours or jobs are being cut and being racially abused by colleagues or customers.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 18 June 2020

SOM publish two toolkits to help returning to the workplace after the COVID-19 lockdown

With returning to work in some sectors proving to be problematic, the Society of Occupational Medicine have launched two toolkits providing guidance for employers and health professionals so they can work together on facilitating a safe return to the workplace as the coronavirus lockdown measures are being lifted.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 17 June 2020