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Furloughing employees with effect from 1 July: rules and regulations

When the Coronavirus lockdown first hit, the UK government introduced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – a process for businesses to furlough employees. The CJRS is now significantly revised with changes taking effect fr...


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Is your workplace ready for vulnerable workers to return in August?

Employers will need to ensure their workplace is COVID-secure from 1 August, the government has said, as it announced that vulnerable employees who have been shielding can return to work from this date. The latest scientific evidence shows that c...


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Continued remote working is vital to keep air pollution low

Remote working on an ongoing basis is achievable, desired by workers and vital to keep air pollution low, according to a new survey by the Business Clean Air Taskforce. Off the back of the survey, charity Global Action Plan is urging the continua...


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Windrush scandal victim awarded £20K for direct discrimination

An Employment Tribunal has found that a Windrush scandal victim who was dismissed after being labelled an illegal immigrant was directly discriminated against by her employer. Willow Sims, a teaching assistant at Adamsrill Primary School, run by ...


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Employers given 30-day window to confess to furlough fraud

Plans have been announced to give employers a 30-day window to confess to furlough fraud after concerns that the system is being abused. The government plans to introduce legislation giving powers to impose penalties and to pursue directors of ins...


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Government publishes guidance on flexible furlough rules

More information about new flexible furlough rules has been made available. The flexible rules mean that, from 1 July 2020, furloughed employees will be able to come back to work flexibly, while still claiming for the hours they are not working. ...