Face coverings and the workplace: guidance from the UK

This article discusses the current rules regarding face coverings at work in the UK and some of the practical issues that arise for employers. At the end of August there were reports of a ‘debacle’ on a flight from the Greek island of Zante to Cardiff, which resulted in 193 passengers and crew facing two weeks’ self-isolation. The incident prompts several questions, not just for…

How can UK employers manage immigration and travel for European employees in 2021 and beyond?

EEA nationals and their employers are now turning their minds towards how frequent business/work travellers and cross-border commuters can continue to come to the UK from 2021. For some, the best solution may be offered by the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), but there are also other options to consider. This article is not intended to cover the position for Irish citizens, who will continue to…

Flexible working post Covid-19 in the UK: sea change or nothing new?

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown caused millions to work from home for the first time, an experience likely to cause a surge in requests for flexible working arrangements once most employees are asked to return to the workplace. This article considers the legal position and the practicalities for employers in dealing with flexible working requests. A huge number of employees have been experiencing the…

What COVID-19 immigration arrangements apply in the UK beyond 31 July 2020?

In a last-minute update on 29 July 2020, the UK Home Office pivoted towards a return to business as usual on immigration policy. Some significant concessions remain available until at least 31 August 2020, however there are a number of potential pitfalls for employers and individuals to be aware of. The Home Office’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents contains…

Payback time? Covid-19 pay-related queries that may arise in the UK

As the furlough scheme starts to wind down and redundancies become more commonplace, employers in the UK may face a host of pay-related queries, grievances or claims from employees arising from the workplace upheaval caused by coronavirus. This article discusses some of the main issues concerning pay that employees could raise. Pay reductions Many employers reduced pay and hours in direct response to the decline…

Webinar recording - Coronavirus: Getting back to the new normal

In this webinar, the speakers give their very different perspectives on what is happening in their countries right now and how employers can best manage their workforces in the circumstances. In this webinar, four Ius Laboris employment law firms provide their very different perspectives on what is happening in their countries right now and how employers can best manage their workforces in the circumstances. Topics include how to manage…

Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19: FAQs for employers in the UK

This article tackles key questions for employers around restructuring as they start to contemplate the end of subsidised furlough in the UK. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may have been extended to 31 October 2020, but employers should be thinking now about what their workforce might look like following the end of subsidised furlough and a return to more normal working patterns. We set out…

Sickness and sick pay: FAQs for employers in the UK as lockdown restrictions ease

This article tackles some of the most frequently asked questions about sickness absence and sick pay during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the UK Government sets out the ‘roadmap’ for easing lockdown. The government has set out its ‘roadmap’ for gradually easing the lockdown restrictions, but as employees begin to return to work there will continue to be many individuals who are unwell or required…

Employment status: the European Court clarifies who counts as a worker under EU law in gig economy ruling

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it’s up to national courts to make decisions about employment status, but that a courier working for Yodel in the UK appeared to them to have been correctly classified as self-employed, given the latitude he had over accepting jobs, working for competitors, providing substitutes and deciding his work schedule. The crucial factors were independence and subordination. Background…

Brexit: what are the consequences for employers?

Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January 2020, this article asks what this means for employers in the transition period and beyond. On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU following ratification of the withdrawal agreement. Now begins a transitional period, lasting until 31 December 2020, during which European Union law continues to apply. This period can be extended once…