Guidance on flexible furlough issued

Late last week the government issued its guidance on how the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will operate and how flexible furlough arrangements will work from 1 July 2020. The key points to note are: Only employees who had been furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks prior to 30 June 2020 are eligible to…

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Settlement Agreements – Can any Solicitor provide advice?

A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract which brings an employment contract to an end on agreed terms. You are required to take independent legal advice before signing a settlement agreement, but the question is can any Solicitor provide this advice? In theory the answer is yes you can take advice from any regulated…

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Reminder of furlough deadline tomorrow

Employers should be aware that there is just one day left to place employees on furlough that have so far not been on the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Last month the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the current version of the Scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June 2020 and that only…

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What is a Settlement Agreement and why have I been asked to sign one?

A Settlement Agreement (also referred to as a Compromise Agreement) is a legally binding contract entered into by an employer and an employee.  There are used in connection with ending the employment of the employee on agreed terms, quite typically used when settling a claim or dispute. However, in these unprecedented and turbulent times they…

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

On Tuesday of next week, the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (Scheme) will start for small and medium sized employers in the UK to enable them to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments. The new Scheme is just one of the measures announced by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to support businesses affected…

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