Can you legally require your staff to take a Covid test?

Some organisations are getting their staff back to the workplace this summer. However, Covid cases are rising rapidly and employers still have their duty to protect their employees’ health and safety. Asking staff to take regular lateral flow tests may be part of the organisation’s policy on making the workplace Covid secure. However, what happens if an employee does not wish to take tests? Can you enforce this?

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Where is the place of work now the government is not saying it must be home?

Post Monday 19 July if an employer has not done “something” about the contractual place of work clause in its contracts of employment, each day that goes by is an implied acceptance by the employer that working from home is fine. In this way any contractual office – based place of work clause is being daily eroded to become a working from home clause by custom and practice. This is because working from home is not now as a result of a government edict.

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My employee has been ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID-19 app, what shall I do?

There appears to be considerable confusion over the current rules relating to self isolation when an individual has (or may have) been in close contact with another who then tests positive for COVID-19. With record numbers of people being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app, this is having a real impact on some employers’ ability to keep their businesses going. In this bulletin we take a look at the different ways in which individuals can be asked to self isolate and consider how employers should respond in the workplace.

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16.07.21 Returning To The Workplace Webinar

It is our pleasure to present our Employment Law Webinar recorded on Friday 16th July. The Government made some interesting and important announcements earlier this week and the onus has clearly shifted onto employers to take responsibility to bring their staff back to the workplace, and to deal with the concerns and fears of their workforce in relation to the same.

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17.06.21 Opening Up Webinar

It is our pleasure to present our Employment Law Webinar recorded on Thursday 17th June. The Government have just hit pause on relaxing all social distancing restrictions, the country is certainly moving towards opening up in the near future. We want our clients to be ready for it when it happens, together being able to deal with what may be permanent changes to how we all work.

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Is it an employer’s responsibility to ensure employees have a good work life balance?

Since March 2020 we have experienced the significant shift to working from home, which, in part, is expected to continue indefinitely. This move is now a hot topic of debate. According to the Office for National Statistics, in April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home and of those who did some work from home, 86.0% did so as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many employees are reporting that removing their commute and having their work station so accessible has meant that they are in fact putting in more hours than ever before.

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28.05.21 Your Employment Webinar

Our employment webinar recorded on Friday 28th May. This week the Team discuss what is the true cost of workplace conflict, larger employers not bringing employees back to the office, and adjusting to the new format.

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Covid-19 Vaccination – Employment Law Considerations

Some employers are saying that they will not employ new staff unless they have had the vaccine, creating the “no jab no job” headlines we have seen. However, could this kind of policy be discriminatory? Can employers require their current staff to have the vaccine? Will employers still need to have Covid-secure measures in place when staff return to the office? Government guidance is awaited on these tricky issues. In the meantime, the points below should help employers make informed decisions about the best way to move forward.

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13.04.21 Your Employment Webinar

Our employment webinar recorded on Tuesday 13th April. This week the team discuss the legislative changes to UK employment law, the new IR35/Off Payroll Working rules, and the Employment Tribunal Quarterly statistics.

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Important Changes to the IR35 Rules

New rules for off-payroll working are coming into force on 6 April 2021 for the private sector, commonly known as the “IR35” regime. These changes have a wide-ranging impact and affect hundreds of thousands of contractors and consultants, the agencies and recruiters that get them work and importantly, the businesses who ultimately use their services. Within this bulletin, Jones Chase team up with expert tax lawyers Winslows (www.winslows.co.uk) to explain the key impact of the new rules and what you need to know about them.

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2021 – Employment Bulletin 1

From the Government’s recent announcement and the news generally, 2021 is certainly off to a turbulent start. There has been an immediate impact on working parents due to the closure of schools on very short notice, which requires a flexible approach to be taken. Employers will also need to be mindful of the adverse effects of a third period of lock down on the mental health of their workforce.

Read More »

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In June, the government provided details of the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) which apply from 1 July 2020. In this bulletin we look at how employers can use the more flexible scheme to implement beneficial changes to how their business works, together with taking steps to avoid having to lose valuable staff through redundancy. The information set out in this bulletin is accurate as at 3 July 2020.

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Cost Saving Options To Avoid Redundancies

The UK Government has announced that companies will be expected to contribute to their furloughed employees’ salaries from 1 August 2020 and the scheme is due to come to an end on 31 October 2020. To assist you through this time, here are five creative employment law options which will help to keep good teams intact, keep morale high and avoid compulsory redundancies.

Read More »

Managing Holidays During Covid 19

As an outsourced HR service provider and employment lawyers we, like many of you, are having to navigate through unprecedented times. We are currently being inundated with questions from our clients about the topic of holidays and foreign travel. There is so much information out there in a variety of places, so it’s understandably confusing. This update is stating the situation as at June 11, 2020.

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Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on how we work and how business is conducted both on a local and a global scale. During isolation, it is no surprise that some of our staff are feeling isolated. In light of the announcement by the UK government that lockdown has been extended and with little clarity for when these measures may be relaxed, staff at Jones Chase outline the joys and struggles of working from home during this confusing and uncertain time.

Read More »

Can you legally require your staff to take a Covid test?

Some organisations are getting their staff back to the workplace this summer. However, Covid cases are rising rapidly and employers still have their duty to protect their employees’ health and safety. Asking staff to take regular lateral flow tests may be part of the organisation’s policy on making the workplace Covid secure. However, what happens if an employee does not wish to take tests? Can you enforce this?

Read More »

Where is the place of work now the government is not saying it must be home?

Post Monday 19 July if an employer has not done “something” about the contractual place of work clause in its contracts of employment, each day that goes by is an implied acceptance by the employer that working from home is fine. In this way any contractual office – based place of work clause is being daily eroded to become a working from home clause by custom and practice. This is because working from home is not now as a result of a government edict.

Read More »

My employee has been ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID-19 app, what shall I do?

There appears to be considerable confusion over the current rules relating to self isolation when an individual has (or may have) been in close contact with another who then tests positive for COVID-19. With record numbers of people being ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app, this is having a real impact on some employers’ ability to keep their businesses going. In this bulletin we take a look at the different ways in which individuals can be asked to self isolate and consider how employers should respond in the workplace.

Read More »

16.07.21 Returning To The Workplace Webinar

It is our pleasure to present our Employment Law Webinar recorded on Friday 16th July. The Government made some interesting and important announcements earlier this week and the onus has clearly shifted onto employers to take responsibility to bring their staff back to the workplace, and to deal with the concerns and fears of their workforce in relation to the same.

Read More »

17.06.21 Opening Up Webinar

It is our pleasure to present our Employment Law Webinar recorded on Thursday 17th June. The Government have just hit pause on relaxing all social distancing restrictions, the country is certainly moving towards opening up in the near future. We want our clients to be ready for it when it happens, together being able to deal with what may be permanent changes to how we all work.

Read More »

Is it an employer’s responsibility to ensure employees have a good work life balance?

Since March 2020 we have experienced the significant shift to working from home, which, in part, is expected to continue indefinitely. This move is now a hot topic of debate. According to the Office for National Statistics, in April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home and of those who did some work from home, 86.0% did so as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many employees are reporting that removing their commute and having their work station so accessible has meant that they are in fact putting in more hours than ever before.

Read More »

28.05.21 Your Employment Webinar

Our employment webinar recorded on Friday 28th May. This week the Team discuss what is the true cost of workplace conflict, larger employers not bringing employees back to the office, and adjusting to the new format.

Read More »

Covid-19 Vaccination – Employment Law Considerations

Some employers are saying that they will not employ new staff unless they have had the vaccine, creating the “no jab no job” headlines we have seen. However, could this kind of policy be discriminatory? Can employers require their current staff to have the vaccine? Will employers still need to have Covid-secure measures in place when staff return to the office? Government guidance is awaited on these tricky issues. In the meantime, the points below should help employers make informed decisions about the best way to move forward.

Read More »

13.04.21 Your Employment Webinar

Our employment webinar recorded on Tuesday 13th April. This week the team discuss the legislative changes to UK employment law, the new IR35/Off Payroll Working rules, and the Employment Tribunal Quarterly statistics.

Read More »

Important Changes to the IR35 Rules

New rules for off-payroll working are coming into force on 6 April 2021 for the private sector, commonly known as the “IR35” regime. These changes have a wide-ranging impact and affect hundreds of thousands of contractors and consultants, the agencies and recruiters that get them work and importantly, the businesses who ultimately use their services. Within this bulletin, Jones Chase team up with expert tax lawyers Winslows (www.winslows.co.uk) to explain the key impact of the new rules and what you need to know about them.

Read More »

2021 – Employment Bulletin 1

From the Government’s recent announcement and the news generally, 2021 is certainly off to a turbulent start. There has been an immediate impact on working parents due to the closure of schools on very short notice, which requires a flexible approach to be taken. Employers will also need to be mindful of the adverse effects of a third period of lock down on the mental health of their workforce.

Read More »

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In June, the government provided details of the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) which apply from 1 July 2020. In this bulletin we look at how employers can use the more flexible scheme to implement beneficial changes to how their business works, together with taking steps to avoid having to lose valuable staff through redundancy. The information set out in this bulletin is accurate as at 3 July 2020.

Read More »

Cost Saving Options To Avoid Redundancies

The UK Government has announced that companies will be expected to contribute to their furloughed employees’ salaries from 1 August 2020 and the scheme is due to come to an end on 31 October 2020. To assist you through this time, here are five creative employment law options which will help to keep good teams intact, keep morale high and avoid compulsory redundancies.

Read More »

Managing Holidays During Covid 19

As an outsourced HR service provider and employment lawyers we, like many of you, are having to navigate through unprecedented times. We are currently being inundated with questions from our clients about the topic of holidays and foreign travel. There is so much information out there in a variety of places, so it’s understandably confusing. This update is stating the situation as at June 11, 2020.

Read More »

Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on how we work and how business is conducted both on a local and a global scale. During isolation, it is no surprise that some of our staff are feeling isolated. In light of the announcement by the UK government that lockdown has been extended and with little clarity for when these measures may be relaxed, staff at Jones Chase outline the joys and struggles of working from home during this confusing and uncertain time.

Read More »