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The right to refuse work?

Some of the most common queries received in recent weeks have related to whether employers are able to force employees to return to work and, conversely, whether employees can refuse to return to work. Prior to the current pandemic queries of this nature were virtually unheard of; in the majority of cases, an employer is […]

Criminal investigations. The risk for UK employers furloughing staff

UK employers who are furloughing staff as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could face a criminal investigation from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if complicit managers are dishonestly facilitating claims under the coronavirus job retention scheme whilst simultaneously requiring employees to work. Under the current criteria for the coronavirus job retention scheme, employers may […]

Holiday during furlough

Employees on furlough leave continue to accrue statutory holiday and any additional holiday entitlement under their contract of employment. Furloughed employees may take holiday without it disrupting their furlough leave. An employer may, subject to the usual notice requirements, require employees to take holiday whether or not the employee is on furlough leave. However, before […]

The Good Work Plan

This month a number of new or revised provisions are to be introduced. It is important employers are aware of the new provisions. These changes are being introduced under the “Good Work Plan”. This plan covers when a contract (or written statement of terms) should be provided to an employee, how to calculate holiday pay, […]

David Harris discusses sick pay and self-employed workers on BBC Radio Berkshire

David Harris, Managing Partner at DPH Legal was interviewed by Andrew Peach of  BBC Radio Berkshire about workers rights in relation to sick pay, particularly those who are self-employed, in relation to coronavirus. You can listen to the interview here:  Also go here to read our advice for employers about coronavirus: https://www.dphlegal.com/coronavirus-advice-for-employers/ Should you have any questions […]

David Harris discusses sick pay and self-employed workers on BBC Radio Berkshire

David Harris, Managing Partner at DPH Legal was interviewed by Andrew Peach of  BBC Radio Berkshire about workers rights in relation to sick pay, particularly those who are self-employed, in relation to coronavirus. Also go here to read our advice for employers about coronavirus: https://www.dphlegal.com/coronavirus-advice-for-employers/ Should you have any questions about coronavirus and your obligations as an […]

David Harris talks about workers rights and Coronavirus on BBC Radio Berkshire

David Harris, Managing Partner at DPH Legal was interviewed by Sarah Walker of  BBC Radio Berkshire about workers rights in relation to coronavirus. You can listen to the interview here:  https://www.dphlegal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/David-BBC-Interview-CV-2.mp3 Also go to the following page to read our advice for employers about coronavirus: https://www.dphlegal.com/coronavirus-advice-for-employers/ Should you have any questions about coronavirus and your obligations […]

Employment Status Checker

In the wake of a number of recent heavily publicised cases concerning employment status HMRC have created an online tool to help determine – for tax purposes. Whether an individual is an employee or self-employed, and Whether they might be covered by IR35. The “check employment status for tax” tool can be found via the […]

The ‘Gig Economy’

The Uber tribunal verdict which was handed down in October has far reaching implications when it comes to the future of the gig economy. Uber Appeals Their Verdict Uber has appealed the verdict, which ruled that the terms and conditions of the arrangement two drivers had with the company meant that they should be classified […]

Employment Tribunal Fees

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court abolished Employment Tribunal (ET) fees and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees and ruled that the fee regime is unlawful. This means that no one should have been asked to pay a fee and those that did are entitled to be refunded from the government. If the government repays fees to […]

What Is Equality In The Workplace?

Workplace equality is a culture within the workplace that is built on fairness. This culture ensures that all members within the workplace are treated with fairness and respect that they deserve. They are all accorded equal opportunities. Workplace equality does not condone bullying, harassment and discrimination. Equality brings about a conducive environment in the workplace. […]

When Should I Contact ACAS

ACAS provides both employers and employees with impartial advice and information regarding all aspects of employment and workplace relations. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service also provides information and advice regarding the employment law that is free of charge. They help to support and foster good relations among employers and employees. Relations between employers and […]

How to carry out a without prejudice (protected) conversation within the workplace

Employers have always experienced difficulties when attempting to hold genuine without prejudice discussions with employees in relation to matters where it was difficult to prove an existing dispute. The difficulties experienced by employers in this regard prompted the government to introduce legislation to allow pre-termination discussions to take place more easily within the workplace.  Without […]

Valid Reasons for Redundancy

Redundancy refers to when an employer reduces the workforce because the job is no longer needed. However, if you are fired and someone else fills the position, it’s no longer a redundancy. Some of the common reasons for redundancy include the following. • New technology has been invented making your job unnecessary. Note that, just […]

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