With news this month that the number of people being made redundant in the UK has soared to a record high, amid the second coronavirus wave, there is every indication that the trend resulting from the pandemic will continue for the foreseeable future.
In September 2020, the Government responded to the consultation regarding changes to the rules about Modern Slavery Statements, and indicated that the proposed changes would be made law as soon as “parliamentary time allows”.
The second national lockdown was lifted on 2 December and employers will continue to grapple with a range of challenges, including the implications of the tier system and what this means for deployment of staff over the coming months.
If your heart sinks when you receive a data subject access request (SAR) you aren’t alone, especially if it’s from a long serving employee who is asking for every piece of data and the kitchen sink!
The furlough updates continue to come thick and fast this month and, although we had expected the demise of the scheme on 31 October, the support available to employers has actually increased. There are also some significant changes to note.
Perhaps we needed cheering up: you may have heard that the government has announced a Platinum Jubilee four-day weekend in June 2022 as part of the celebration of the Queen's 70th anniversary.
Having celebrated Black History month in October, November sees us mark 55 years since the introduction of the first UK law tackling race discrimination.
Brexit: the challenges continue to come thick and fast for employers this year but, whilst we might be glad to see the back of 2020, what do we have to look forward to in 2021?
The headache for businesses trying to keep jobs afloat during the pandemic continues and, just as we were gearing up the changes to be brought in by the new Job Support Scheme, along comes lockdown #2.
Our clients in the public sector will have noticed that the question of the cap public sector exit payments is back, having been long on the horizon. The Regulations have now been made and will come into force on 4 November 2020.