Category Archives: Government reforms

Government reforms (3):  Guidance on mandatory vaccinations for care home staff

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What do we already know? We updated you in our July 2021 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Coronavirus (Covid-19): Mandatory vaccinations for care home staff that the Government announced that from October 2021 anyone working in a registered care home providing nursing or personal care would need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses. What’s…
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Government reforms (4):  Immigration – Right to work checks

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What do we already know? As part of an employer’s obligations to prevent illegal working, there is a requirement to check the right to work of all employees’ original documents in person on or before their first day of work. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, employers have temporarily not been required to see an…
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Government reforms (1):  Health and Safety – Returning to the office

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What do we already know? We updated you in our February 2021 Newsletter Coronavirus (Covid-19): Lockdown 3.0 – Government guidance  on the updates to the 14 workplace guides the Government had published to enable employers to operate safely (known as being “COVID secure”). What’s new? The Government has again updated its guidance on working safely…
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Government reforms (2): Sexual harassment – Government response to consultation 

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What do we already know? We updated you in our July 2019 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Tackling Gender Inequality & Workplace Sexual Harassment Consultation that the Government Equalities Office (GEO) was consulting on sexual harassment in the workplace to see how the existing protections for workers could be strengthened. The consultation closed on 2 October…
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Government reforms (2): Coronavirus (Covid-19): Mandatory vaccinations for care home staff

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What do we already know? We updated you in our Issue 2 Newsletter Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccinations – Can employers insist? on the issues involved in introducing a mandatory vaccination policy.  We advised that in certain circumstances it would be more reasonable to make the vaccine mandatory.  In particular, an employer’s Covid-19 risk assessment may find…
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Government reforms (1): Coronavirus (Covid-19): guide for employers on vaccination of employers

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The Government has recently published a guide for employers on vaccination of employers.  This contains information and a toolkit to share with your employees to encourage them to get vaccinated.
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Government reforms (4): ACAS report – Fire and rehire

What do we already know? The practice of fire and rehire (also known as ‘dismissal and re-engagement’) is a way in which an employer can change terms within employees’ contracts of employment by giving notice to terminate and offering re-employment on new terms. This strategy is generally used as a last resort where the change…
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Government reforms (3):  Immigration – Right to work checks

right to work
What do we already know? As part of an employer’s obligations to prevent illegal working, there is a requirement to check the right to work of all employees’ original documents in person on or before their first day of work. As a result of Brexit, the right to work check process is changing and EU…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): ACAS guidance on vaccines and testing  

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ACAS has updated its guidance on the following: Vaccine: getting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine for work (available here).  The Guidance now includes advice on: how to offer support to staff that are getting the vaccine; what employers should do if they feel it is important for staff to receive the   vaccine; and how to resolve…
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Government reforms (5):  April changes – a reminder

Increase in National Living and Minimum Wage – 1 April 2021 As we updated you in our December 2020 Newsletter Government reforms (3): Increase in national living and minimum wage, the National Living Wage, which currently only applies to workers aged 25 or over, increased by 2.2% and was extended to 23 and 24-year-olds for…
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