TRIBUNAL PROCEDURE - 13.10.2020
Tribunal procedure changes
Several important changes have been made to the tribunal procedure rules and Acas early conciliation (EC) process to ease the burden on the overloaded system. What do you need to know?
CORONAVIRUS - 13.10.2020
Who pays the face covering fine?
Face covering law. On 24 September 2020 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2020 came into force. They make the wearing of face coverings mandatory in certain indoor settings and many employees are now legally required to wear a face covering in their workplace, although there are several exemptions (see The next step ). If an employee fails to comply and is not exempt, they risk a £200 fine. However, where an employee breaches the law on face coverings, it will be them not you who will be responsible and liable for any fine imposed. ...
RECRUITMENT - 24.09.2020
Job ad for “happy” employee banned
The Department for Work and Pensions has banned an employer’s job ad seeking a “happy” employee. It claimed that the word “happy” is unlawful and cannot be used when recruiting. Is this true?
CORONAVIRUS - 24.09.2020
Workplace socials and the “Rule of six”
Since 14 September 2020 the maximum number of people who can meet up socially is limited to six. Whilst this change doesn’t have a direct impact on your workplace, what does it mean for work-related social events?
CORONAVIRUS - 17.09.2020
Free taxis to work from Access to Work
Travel problems. Many employers have staff who have been categorised as “clinically extremely vulnerable” due to the pandemic. For these individuals, commuting on public transport may not be a safe option and, as such, they may be reluctant or unable to return to work. With this in mind, the government has extended the funding that’s available under its Access to Work scheme to cover taxis to and from work (see The next step ). The employee must submit an application for funding online or over the phone and will then be asked to complete a short assessment. Approved applications will be fast-tracked for payment. ...
DATA PROTECTION - 02.07.2020
ICO’s IT security checklists for homeworkers
New guidance. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new IT security checklists for employers who currently have staff working from home (see The next step ). These checklists aren’t exhaustive, but they do cover the common IT vulnerabilities which the ICO often sees exploited in homeworking settings. ...