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How to Prevent Office Tensions When the Heat Soars

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The sight of people wilting under fans and going about their daily lives in shorts and sandals is a rarity in Britain – we are more used to being buffeted by the wind and rain during our daily commute. But as temperatures soar, we are facing some less...

Can an employer force staff to have a vaccine?

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Employers and employees may have noted with interest a story in the media about high profile firm, Pimlico Plumbers, which is allegedly planning to rewrite its workers’ contracts to require them to have the Covid-19 vaccination if it is safe for them...

Updated Guidance - CJRS

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The Government has published the 4th edition of treasury guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which permits the Furloughing or Flexible Furloughing of Employees. The key changes are outlined below:- The CJRS...

Government Plays Trick this Halloween with Immediate Furlough Extension

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Boris Johnson played the ultimate ‘trick or treat’ this Halloween by announcing major changes to the support available to employers and employees. The changes announced on Saturday 31st October, came into play less than 12 hours later, in order...

Air Bridges are Troubled Waters for Employers

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Many employers and employees alike have become increasingly concerned about the breaking of travel corridors that permit safe travel to certain countries on the UK’s exemption list. If you travel to a country not on this list, you must quarantine for...

Can I Tap Into the Flexible Furlough Scheme?

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From July 1 many employers may be looking at introducing part time working as well as claiming from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. HR Advisor, Natasha Johnston, shares some updates regarding flexible furlough. Employers are only able to use this...

Furlough Scheme Set to Change

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With recent changes and updates received from both Westminster and the Senedd, there are questions about what this means for businesses who may be using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to furlough employees. As a brief overview the following...

An Update to Furlough - as of 7 April 2020

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Over the weekend the Government updated additional information on claiming furlough payments when employers use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Our first update, giving a general overview of furlough was published on the 26 March 2020...

More Furlough Questions Answered - A Video Blog by JCP Solicitors

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More furlough questions answered: A videoblog by Natasha Johnston, HR Advisor, JCP Solicitors. This video was recorded at 2pm on Friday 3rd April. For more information check out our blog: ...

Furlough - Updated Guidance For Employers as of 26 March 2020

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Last night we received extended information about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which we informed you about here . Here are some of the key updates that employers need to know. However, this is a fast-moving situation, so it is important that...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to Support Employers

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Please note this article was published at 9.30am on Tuesday 24th March and is subject to change as further information is provided. Businesses across the UK will have been heartened by the Chancellor’s announcement of a Coronavirus Job...

Covid-19 - HR Questions Answered

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JCP Solicitors’ HR Services team answers questions submitted by members of For Cardiff. Please note this was recorded at 12.15pm on Friday 20th March. To keep up to date with the latest news from JCP Solicitors, including COVID-19 developments...

GDPR, An Honourable Reminder

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The introduction of the GDPR 25 May 2018 caused widespread projects and detailed compliance projects for every organisation that processes personal data in EU member states. The key message at the time was ‘data protection by design and...

Can I Ask An Employee To Cancel A Period Of Annual Leave?

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From time to time employers may be faced with sudden or unexpected events that leave them with staff shortages or unforeseen business demands. This can be made more difficult when a key employee has planned to take annual leave at the same time. ...

Can I Discipline Employees Who Fail To Return From Annual Leave On Time?

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Employers should be mindful of adopting a blanket approach when it comes to managing situations where employees fail to return on time from planned annual leave. There may be genuine reasons that prevent employees from returning to work as planned,...

When Can I Deduct Money From An Employees Salary?

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There are a variety of reasons a deduction from salary may be required, for example, a one off payroll error or you may fund an expensive training course for an employee and they leave the company shortly after completion. Whilst in many scenarios you may be...

Will Brexit Affect HR for Employers?

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With the way the UK will eventually leave the EU still very much up in the air, understandably businesses are cautious in how they tackle Brexit preparations, particularly those with employees using their right to free movement within the EEA to legally work...

Clear Attendance Policies Assist With Unpredictable Weather

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Most HR departments will have to deal with the issue of poor attendance from time to time. Unusual or unpredictable weather can add to that conundrum with absences that don’t fit neatly into many companies defined attendance management or unpaid...

Facing Snowbound Staff? Clear Policies and Sound Judgement Will Help Employers Deal With Attendance Issues

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With the so-called Beast From the East sinking its claws into the UK, many employers will be worried about implications for their business, particularly if staff live in remote or rural areas and are struggling to get to work in the ice and snow. ...

Good Work From the Government's Taylor Report Response, or Must Try Harder?

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One of the Prime Minister’s most memorable moments has been her assertion, made on the steps of Downing Street in 2016, that Britain should have a labour market and employment conditions that worked for all. Fair working practices, a decent wage and...

Social Media - Clear Guidance Trumps Wishful Thinking

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Social media is such an integral part of our working lives now that it is hard to remember how we used to function without it. However, as illustrated by the recent kerfuffle caused by Donald Trump’s sharing of a Britain First video, it is vital to...

Subject Access Requests - What is classed as personal data?

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With the impending changes to data protection legislation being the hot topic in the run up to May 2018 implementation of GDPR, it is important that organisations understand their obligations to both storing and distributing data responsibly. What is...

Are We Discriminating Against Potential Employees Without Even Realising?

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When it comes to body modifications, such as tattoos or piercings, in certain industries questions are often raised regarding employer and employee rights: what they can and can’t ask their employee to cover or remove Although tattoos, piercings...