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CORONAVIRUS - CONTRACTS

Changing contractual terms

Due to the crisis you need to make cost savings so you’ve tried to reduce an employee’s hours and pay by mutual consent. They’ve refused to negotiate but you still wish to proceed. What are your options?
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DISCRIMINATION

£20,000 for employee told to pick up dog poo

An employee who was instructed to pick up dog poo from her employer’s car park and “take the rubbish outside” has been awarded £20,000 by the tribunal. Why did the employee receive this amount?
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CORONAVIRUS - FURLOUGH

Can furloughed employees be made redundant?

You might have furloughed members of staff or be planning on doing so. Where an employee has been furloughed can you make them redundant during or after their furlough period?
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SICKNESS ABSENCE

Converting sickness absence to holiday

An employee who’s been signed off sick for two weeks has several weeks’ paid annual leave outstanding. As you only pay statutory sick pay during sick leave, they’ve asked to convert their sickness absence to holiday. Is this OK?
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CORONAVIRUS - HOMEWORKING

Temporary homeworking and suitable workstations

Many of your employees are temporarily working from home due to the coronavirus situation. You’re wondering if you need to carry out a home workstation risk assessment for these homeworkers. Is this necessary?
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CORONAVIRUS - RECRUITMENT

How to conduct a virtual interview

Due to the lockdown you need to conduct a recruitment interview online. As this is your first time holding a virtual interview, how can you best prepare for it and what should you ask the candidate to do?
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MATERNITY RIGHTS

New hire awarded £23,000 for email sacking

An employee who was sacked by email after she took sickness absence in her first week’s employment has been awarded £23,000 by the tribunal. New hires can’t claim unfair dismissal, so why did she receive such a big award?
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CORONAVIRUS - DATA PROTECTION

The ICO’s new coronavirus hub

CORONAVIRUS - BANK HOLIDAYS

Q&A - bank holidays during furlough

Last updated: 29.05.2020

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