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HR BRIEF: HOW WILL THE FURLOUGH SCHEME CHANGE FROM 1ST JULY 2020?

Further to the recently announced changes to the furlough scheme (see our blog on this), detailed guidance has now been published by the government. In this briefing, we look at some key questions relating to the changes.

WHICH EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE?

The general eligibility requirements as were already in place have not been changed. Read more…

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CORONAVIRUS CRISIS BRIEFING

All information contain within this update is accurate at the time of publication. During these unprecedented times where the situation is constantly changing at pace it is vital that you take expert advice where necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any issues covered in these updates further. The Hill Brown Licensing Team and the wider team at Miller Samuel Hill Brown remain committed to providing the fullest possible service for the trade at this extremely challenging time. Read more…

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ENFORCING A CCJ IN SCOTLAND

As you might expect, we are seeing an increase in debt recovery queries owing to the current circumstances. It’s worth noting that although the process isn’t operating as normal, CCJs can still be enforced, particularly if urgent.

If you, or your client, has obtained a County Court Judgement (CCJ) against a Scottish debtor we are able to assist you in registering that CCJ in Scotland to enable enforcement proceedings to commence.

Methods of enforcement include: earnings arrestment; winding-up/insolvency proceedings; attachment (seizure of certain goods); arrestment (of monies held in bank or with third parties); and inhibition (an order preventing sale of heritable property). Read the full blog here.

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READ OUR LATEST LICENSING UPDATE

Please note that all information contain within this update is accurate at the time of publication. During these unprecedented times where the situation is constantly changing at pace it is vital that you take expert advice where necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any issues covered in these updates further. Read the update here.

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WHAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, both in the UK and globally, employers may be wondering what measures they should be taking and what rights their employees have.

Read our blog where we take a look at the most commonly asked questions.

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HR BRIEF – WHAT DOES THE CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME MEAN IN PRACTICE?

On Friday the government announced a never before seen scheme which will see it intervene in the employment relationship between employer and employee. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will see the government take on the obligation to pay part of employees’ salary where those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Read more…

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Coronavirus: What Should Employers Know?

As the number of COVID-19 cases globally and in the UK continues to increase, employers may be wondering what measures they should be taking and what rights their employees have. A number of workplace related issues have been reported in the media, and just today there have been reports that HSBC have had to send employees home from their head office due to an employee testing positive for the disease.

So what measures should employers be taking, and what rights do employees have? Here we look at some commonly asked questions.

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Changes to Taxation of Settlement Payments

The government has published draft legislation which will make changes to how settlement payments are taxed. These changes are not intended to come into force until April 2018 and will have an effect on what parties may be willing to offer or accept when entering into a settlement agreement.

At present, non-contractual payments received by way of compensation for loss of employment are subject to income tax, although the first £30,000 of such payments is tax free. There are some complications in the rules, such as exceptions for certain types of payment, and a distinction regarding payments which amount to earnings rather than compensation for termination of employment. The changes to be introduced are intended to simplify the taxation of settlement payments.

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Mother Awarded Compensation for Son’s Birth Injuries

A mother has been awarded compensation amounting to £11 million after medical failings at her son’s birth led to him sustaining serious brain injuries, reports the Guardian.

Her son, who is now nine-years-old, was born in the maternity unit at King George hospital in Ilford. During the delivery, his heart rate slowed down, but medical staff failed to notice or carry out an emergency caesarean section.

His mother claimed that if the doctors and nurses had acted promptly her son might have been born in a healthy condition, but their failure to act meant that he developed severe cerebral palsy and also has a limited life expectancy.

In 2013 Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust apparently admitted that mistakes had been made at the boy’s birth. A settlement of £11 million was subsequently agreed, which has now been ratified at the High Court. 2013 also saw the closure of the maternity unit at the hospital.

The boy’s mother has said that the money will help to provide her son with a much better quality of life than he had previously been able to enjoy.

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Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace

This week the TUC have published the results of a survey, carried out in conjunction with the Everyday Sexism Project, regarding women’s experience of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The results highlight that sexual harassment may be more prevalent than many would think, and it may go largely unreported. Some of the key findings were that, of the women surveyed:

  • 52% have experienced some form of sexual harassment, increasing to 63% for those aged 18-24.
  • 35% have heard comments of a sexual nature being made about other women in the workplace
  • 32% have been subject to unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature
  • 28% have been subject to comments of a sexual nature about their body or clothes
  • Almost 25% have experienced unwanted touching
  • 20% have experienced unwanted sexual advances
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