Employee benefits

Redundancy and pregnant employees

Sheila Fahy

This is the first in a series of blogs on redundancy, covering developments and issues that can be challenging for employers. It will culminate in a seminar in the autumn. The first blog looks at the protection available for pregnant employees and those returning from maternity leave. This will be followed by two blogs on Read More

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Will workplace reintegration be more complex than the lockdown?

Sarah Henchoz

It is fair to say that the last few weeks have been challenging; for the purposes of this blog I am talking only from a workforce planning perspective, recognising that, for many, the challenges have been far greater professionally and personally. We have all had to quickly get acquainted with very new concepts (who had Read More

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Delay to IR35 reforms: FAQs

Rachel Reeves

Planned changes to IR35 (or the ‘off-payroll working rules’) in the private sector will be delayed until 6 April 2021, the Government has announced, to relieve pressure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be welcome news for clients (engaging contractors via personal service companies or ‘PSCs’), agencies and contractors who are not Read More

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Coronavirus – challenging us to think differently

Sarah Henchoz

Ever the optimist and in an attempt to distract myself from the constant stream of worrying press reports on the Coronavirus, I have found myself finding a possible silver-lining to the current situation. This week, I am part of the team assessing our new partner candidates. This is one of the most important things we Read More

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IR35 – strategies for dealing with it

Rachel Reeves

IR35 might as well stand for ‘Interchangeable Risk‘ because effectively that is what the legislation scheduled to come into force in April 2020 will create – a means of shifting liability for PAYE from one party in the supply chain to another. The risk of liability for PAYE tax and NICs deductions will shift from Read More

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#MeToo – why education is more effective than legislation

Rachel Reeves

It is astonishing that, two years on from the inception of the #MeToo movement, the headlines are as prevalent as ever. This past week has seen discussion about one employer using flyers in local pubs and cafes in the vicinity of its office encouraging staff to speak up and report inappropriate conduct. Last month saw Read More

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Increased workers’ rights in the United States?

Brian Jebb

In the U.S., labor laws give employers a substantial amount of flexibility and American employers look at some of the European laws giving individual workers and works’ councils substantial power with concern. Now we are less than one year away from a federal election, could the tide be turning? Some of the policy proposals from Read More

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