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What is income protection?

Income protection is designed to protect you financially if illness or injury leaves you unable to work and earn an income. Typically, an income protection policy can cover around 60-70% of your gross monthly salary. Then, should you become incapacitated, you could receive a replacement income until you sufficiently recover.

 

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News this month includes legislation to provide for flexi- apprenticeships, updated guidance from Acas on bereavement issues in the workplace and the scaling back of Covid measures affecting the workforce including the end of the SSP rebate scheme. Case law reported this month includes the unusual step of the Court of Appeal recommending legislative amendments to the Working Time Regulations which would confirm holiday roll over in sickness cases to 18 months and allow ongoing roll over where an employer has wrongly denied worker status.

An article from Emplaw authors, Morrish solicitors, looking at the implication for workers of the most recent Court of Appeal decision in Smith v Pimlico Plumbers.

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This insight, from Emplaw authors, Lewis Silkin, looks at the implications for employers of the end of mandatory self-isolation and free testing in England as announced by the government as part of its new Living with Covid strategy.

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This month’s edition is a round up of the key news for December and January (as the December edition was replaced with a review of  2021/2022). As we, hopefully, emerge from the pandemic, hybrid working is again in focus and employment law is on the move. We report on comprehensive guidance on Hybrid Work and a number of consultations including on disability workforce reporting. Cases reported this month include a reminder of how employment status is so fact specific and not all taxi drivers working via an app or delivery drivers will be workers.

Up to date FAQS from Emplaw authors, Lewis Silkin, which cover a number of thorny issues including whether an employer can cut company sick pay for unvaccinated staff.

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It has been a busy and unsettling year with COVID-19 and the impact of Brexit changing working patterns and ushering in new ways of working. This briefing looks at key cases and other developments over the past year 2021, many of which will have significant bearing on employers’ work practices.

We also cast an eye forward to 2022 and consider what will be on the horizon for employment lawyers.

 

News this month includes the latest on curbing hire and fire practices, proposals to limit algorithmic tracking of the workforce and analysis suggesting that the gender pay gap is decreasing – very slightly. Case wise, we are reminded by a High Court decision of who might be liable for the criminal offence of failing to notify the Secretary of State of collective redundancies, and there are two important decisions for Trade Unions:the Supreme Court ruling in Kostal that direct offers from employers to workers who were union members were unlawful and an EAT decision which looks to extend the protection against detriment for Trade Union activities. 

This article from Emplaw authors Lewis Silkin considers the drivers behind an increasing number of organisations reporting voluntarily in this area as a measure to address social mobility disadvantage in the workplace and identifies the legal and practical issues employers need to consider.

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A useful article on this tricky area from Moorcrofts, authors of the Emplaw law cards on Contracts of Employment

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