“Riddled with problems, unfairness and unintended consequences”  was The Lords’ verdict in a Report published on Monday on the ‘off –payroll rules’ (the “Rules”) which the Government had proposed introducing on 6 April 2020. The Report is a good read and echoes what many of us have been saying for some time about the introduction

The UK Government has relaxed the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR“) on carrying over untaken annual leave due to the effects of COVID-19. Under the Amendment Regulations, workers will now be able to carry over untaken annual leave into the next two leave years where they have been unable to take it due

In the fifth round of updates from GOV.UK to the UK Furlough Scheme, both the Employee Guidance Note, “Check if your Employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme”, and the Employer Guidance Note, “Check if you can claim for your Employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme”, were updated

This morning we have had the first report from HMRC on the operation of the Furlough Scheme. It is in the form of a tweet. It reports that 185,000 claims have been submitted covering 1,300,000 employees. So a lot of employees are benefitting from the Scheme. A lot of employers are, also doubtless, making

In line with its recently discovered penchant for updating the Furlough Scheme, the most recent Government guidance (the 4th) was published on Friday, 17 April, and in some ways manages the quite tricky task of publishing clarifications that make the Furlough Scheme less clear than it was before in some respects. An update on the

Only days after the last UK Government update, we now have a further set of updates in relation to the Guidance Note on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and to the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, both of which we have written about previously. Crucially we also now have a Treasury Direction which provides the

The UK Government’s latest update for the Furlough Scheme follows hot on the heels of its previous guidance. The updated guidance, published on 9 April, just ahead of the Easter weekend, does clarify some areas of operation but leaves other questions unanswered. This update explains what has changed.
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Since our recent alert on the UK Government’s updates to Furlough Guidance, we have noted that clarifications to certain points have been supplemented through social media and other unusual sources. This short update provides clarification on questions regarding TUPE transfers, holiday and when the furlough portal is due to be operational. Read the full

For a third consecutive year, the London head of Employment at Mayer Brown, Nicholas Robertson, has edited and contributed a preface and chapter on the UK in the latest edition of The Labour and Employment Disputes Review.
The book, published by The Law Reviews in March 2020, is a yearly review of procedure, key

On 4th April 2020 the UK Government provided an update to its previous guidance on the Furlough Scheme. This update builds on our previous article reviewing the original guidance on the Scheme, identifies key areas that have now shifted, and considers some of the issues which have not been addressed.

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