In the case of Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd, the Court of Appeal has decided that an employee had not been automatically unfairly dismissed for refusing to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a notable decision as it is the first post-pandemic Court of Appeal claim considering s100(1)(d) of the
UK Coronavirus Update: Seven Points about the Third Direction
On Friday 26 June 2020 the UK Government published the Third Direction, which is the legislative update for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. In particular, it implements the flexible working arrangements which are permitted from 1 July 2020 under the Furlough Scheme.
We have now reviewed this Direction in full and provide a summary of…
COVID-19: UK Government Publishes Further Guidance on Furlough Scheme
The UK Government has published further guidance, late on the evening of Friday 12 June 2020, in relation to the Furlough Scheme. In light of this, we have produced an update highlighting the key and important changes that are being made.
To read the full update, please visit MayerBrown.com.
End of the Line – UK COVID-19 Furlough Scheme Update: Checklist for Employers
Following the UK Government’s recent publication on the plans for the wind down to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we have produced a practical checklist to help UK employers look at the changes that need to be considered when preparing to resume business activities with a partial or full return to work.
Furloughing “new” employees after 30 June
One of the changes to the furlough scheme announced by the Chancellor last Friday was that the scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June, and so the last date on which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June 2020 (so they can complete the minimum three week…
End of the Line: Furlough Scheme Update
The UK Government has announced some of the details relating to the transitional phase of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This update looks at the changes and the significant time pressure for employers to get to their house in order. Read the full article at MayerBrown.com.
Checklist for Employers on Handling Collective Consultation in the UK
Following our recent update on Life in the Time of Corona, Part 3: Handling Collective Consultation in the UK, we have produced a practical checklist that highlights the steps that employers should consider when handling collective consultations in the UK during these challenging times, particularly when staff are working remotely.
To download the checklist,…
COVID-19 in the UK: A New Direction
The UK Government has, in keeping with past practice, used the arrival of the bank holiday weekend to update the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It has now published a second iteration of the Treasury Direction, which we have reviewed. To read our commentary on the updated Direction, please visit MayerBrown.com.
Beyond the Horizon: Holiday rights in the UK during the Pandemic
The latest guidance from BEIS, published 13 May, confirms how holiday entitlement and holiday pay is to work during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Guidance Note is informative in some areas but makes a number of quite odd suggestions in others. We must remember that it is simply guidance. An employee’s statutory rights for holiday leave…
Life in the Time of Corona, Part 2: Considerations for UK Employers on a Return to the Workplace
This update follows on from the Article we recently published on the many areas of planning that UK employers could usefully carry out in preparation for a return to work. We now have had the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday 10 May, and the advisory document, “New Guidance Launched to help get…