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The Pensions team, from Emplaw authors Gowling WLG, set out why and how companies need to be aware of trade unions when considering changes to pension provision.

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Please click below to view a webinar from Emplaw authors, Cloisters, posted on 7th October 2020

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This month, there are some useful non-covid related updates including a number of Data Protection developments but, as the fear for jobs and businesses escalates, the focus is on redundancies and employer' duties in the light of the pandemic. Acas, the CBI and the TUC have issued a joint statement on handling redundancies, Unite has published a COVID-19 advice hub and we report on the latest  government instructions for  employers. The cases reported in this edition include an EAT judgment considering the employer's duty in connection with alternative employment for redundant employees and a Court of Appeal decision on the material factor defence in an equal pay claim.

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A useful article from Emplaw authors' Lewis Silkin explaining what employers can and cannot do

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As some amount of remote working looks set to continue in many businesses, Emplaw authors Gowling WLG, with others examine employers' employment, data protection and health and safety duties

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As redundancies sadly rise, we highlight useful Emplaw materials and report on new government guidance including an updated HR1 form. Meanwhile, the roll out of the IR35 changes in the private sector has been confirmed and HMRC has won a case that a radio presenter fell within the underlying rules. Other cases this month include the EAT upholding the unusual decision that a dismissal was fair despite no proper procedure.  Our incisive Covid-19 Materials include key information for staff at work, returning to work , absent from work or furloughed, including updates for Scotland and Wales

 

Updated as of 17th July, Cloisters' expert employment barristers have produced an invaluable and detailed online guide, Returning to Work in the Time of Coronavirus, which explains and answers the critical legal issues which arise as businesses re-open. 

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A useful article from our authors Lewis Silkin considering the legal position and the practicalities for employers in dealing with flexible working requests, including requests to work from abroad

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Summary

Important information this month for employer/employee advisors including further details on UK Points Based immigration system starting in less than 6 months and an Acas podcast on Black Lives Matter: the workplace. Case wise, we have a full report of the case which challenged the Coronavirus Regulations and a number of decisions around some fundamental principles in discrimination claims. Meanwhile our incisive Covid-19 Materials include coverage of the recent updates on working safely during Covid-19 and the impact of the pandemic on low paid workers

On demand free webinar from Emplaw authors Gowling WLG providing an overview of what is a redundancy and who is redundant post Covid-19, including how to avoid the pitfalls 

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