Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2021. Sadly Lockdown 3.0 is not the start to the New Year we were all hoping for. Although we can’t offer any great solutions to the general gloom, we can at least help keep you up to date with HR/employment law news.
The Government has extended furlough again, this time until the end of April and, happily, will continue to fund 80% of wages. It has also given welcome clarification that employees with caring responsibilities can be furloughed; updated its guidance on working safely during the Coronavirus; and provided further guidance on employer’s Gender Pay Gap reporting responsibilities. We also update you on increases due to statutory rates in April.
In our first case update of 2021 we look at the EAT’s decisions on how far the law goes towards equal treatment for agency workers. We also consider the current absence of interim relief for employees bringing discrimination claims, which is probably unlawful.
The year has started with a flurry of furlough, gross misconduct, investigations, redundancy and exits advice. We’ve already won 2 employment tribunals on behalf of our clients, a pleasing start to the year, and we’re helping several businesses navigate the new business immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January.
At the time of writing, Anne-Marie is completing her accredited Workplace Mediation training. Mediation can significantly reduce the damage, costs and risks of workplace conflicts escalating. She would be keen to assist any organisation seeking to resolve a workplace issue. If you would like to discuss how she can help you, please get in touch: email@example.com
The recent campaign ‘Brew Monday’ by the Samaritans caught our eye this month. Blue Monday is the third Monday in January and supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. This year, the number of adults suffering from depression has doubled thanks to the pandemic. The Samaritans want to encourage us to reach out to friends, family, colleagues for a virtual cuppa. We’ll drink to that!
Lastly, do tab down to our last Newsletter item where we bring you 5 good news stories from 2020 which you may have missed. We remain hopeful that 2021 will bring more of the same.
It’s often said that bad news sells. Well, we’ve had enough of bad news and we’re surely not alone. We’d like to share with you some of last year’s good news which may have got forgotten or simply passed you by. Lots of cause for celebration from these 5 items, we think: