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COVID-19 – The next chapter for employers

As the stay at home order has been lifted employers will be looking at how they can bring their employees back safely. This will mean reviewing the workplace risk assessments and internal policies and procedures to ensure they are protecting their employees H&S by providing a safe place of work. Employers will have to make decisions about what they ask employees about vaccination status, testing and other protective measure such as mask wearing and how that plays out into conduct policies and managing their data protection obligations.

Our employment lawyers update you on the latest HR legal and practical issues arising from COVID-19.

This interactive discussion includes:

  • Vaccinations and variants; obligations and options
  • Employees’ objections to returning to the office (the dilemma faced by Apple)
  • Implied contractual rights; how long before they become a reality?
  • Mental health issues & disability

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  • 01 June 2023
  • Employment

Facts employees should know about their personal data

We previously published an article on facts an employer should know about holding personal data, so it is only fair that we also write about the other side of the coin – facts employees should know as individuals whose personal data is held by their employer.

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  • 01 June 2023
  • Immigration

What is the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) and how much do you have to pay?

The Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) is a levy on companies who sponsor migrant workers. This levy was imposed on 6 April 2017. The Government states that the charge has been levied to contribute towards addressing the skills gap in the local economy.

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  • 26 May 2023
  • Employment

Avoiding discrimination in flexible working requests

The right to request flexible working is currently available to employees with at least 26 weeks’ service and is set to be extended further under new Government reforms.

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  • 25 May 2023
  • Corporate and M&A

Management Buyout – Top 5 things to consider

A management buyout is a financial transaction in which a member of the management team purchases the company from its registered owner. MBO’s usually occur in private companies in an effort to enhance profitability and simplify strategies.

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  • 25 May 2023
  • Employment

Carer’s Leave Bill set to become law

On 19 May 2023, the Carer’s Leave Bill had its third reading in the House of Lords, and upon receiving Royal Assent, will become law. There is not yet a date for the implementation of this bill, however it is likely that this will happen relatively quickly upon receiving Royal Assent, so is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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  • 18 May 2023
  • Immigration

Navigating SOC Codes

When it comes to UK immigration, understanding the intricacies of the system is vital. One significant aspect of the process revolves around Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes. SOC codes play a crucial role in determining the eligibility for an individual to apply for a work visa, assessing skill levels, and matching individuals to appropriate job roles.