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Revised HR1 redundancy notification form and new employer guidance published

The Government have just updated form HR1 used to notify the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy of proposals for 20 or more redundancies and have issued new guidance for employers on giving the BEIS advanced notification.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 20 August 2020

Dismissal without any procedure fair as breakdown in working relations irretrievable

The EAT’s decision in Gallacher v Abellio Scotrail Limited is one of the vary rare cases where a dismissal has found to be fair when no disciplinary procedure has been followed because it would have been pointless. Difficulties had developed in the working relationship between G and her manager, Ms Taggart, caused by previous discussions as to salary and on-call working issues.

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

Acas issues advice on redundancies following record increase in calls to its helpline

Acas has issued advice to employers who are considering staff redundancies following a record increase in calls to its helpline. The coronavirus pandemic has seen redundancy related calls to the Acas helpline increase by over 160% over the past two months when compared to the same period in 2019.

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

Poll identifies measures that would help alleviate employee anxiety about going back to a physical workplace

Following the Government’s announcement that from 1 August, it will be the responsibility of the employer to decide whether it is safe for their workforce to return to the workplace, People Management report that a poll of 2,000 workers, conducted by Canada Life, found that of those respondents working from home since the start of lockdown, 35 per cent said they would like a vaccine or antibody test to be available before coming back to the physical workplace.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 13 August 2020

Employment and COVID-19 inquiry launched by Lords Economic Affairs Committee

The Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched its inquiry into employment and COVID-19. It will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 12 August 2020

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Regulations require employers to use furloughed employees’ normal pay to calculate statutory payments

The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Coronavirus, Calculation of a Week's Pay) Regulations 2020 came into force on 31 July 2020 to ensure that furloughed employees whose employment is terminated have the calculation of their statutory entitlements relating to termination based on their normal pay, rather than their reduced furlough pay.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 11 August 2020

Details published about the Job Retention Bonus scheme

HMRC have published a policy paper explaining the eligibility requirements and what employers need to do to claim the Job Retention Bonus, i.e. a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (which ends on 31 October 2020) and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 10 August 2020