There is no doubt that sub-contracting has a significant part to play in the economy of certain industries, like construction, transportation and consultancy.
There appears to be confusion among some of our customers regarding the difference between Statutory and Contractual notice when making people redundant. There is no case law, given this emerging topic, but my much respected network of Barristers and QC’s believe as follows:
Changing contractual terms such as pay, working hours and the place of work is fraught with challenges
On Thursday 2nd April, HSE made it clear that, with the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, they are not asking businesses to close. Instead employers are required to take all possible steps to enable their staff to work from home.
“I have an employee that is unwilling to return from furlough leave. What can I do?”
This kind of conundrum is now inevitable – after all, employees have been at home on 80% pay, with sunshine, for a few weeks now. So what are the considerations?
There are three tactics we see employees using to enforce the continuance of Furlough leave:
The HMRC Portal is now open for employers to claim grants for Furloughed workers. These payments are then expected to be with applicants from 30th April. HMRC believe the portal can handle 450,000 applications per hour, but their call centre may crash if there is a problem. In addition:
On Wednesday 8th April, Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industry, wrote to the manufacturing and industry sector to remind them of UK Government’s approach to work during the current Covid-19 crisis.
Here’s our latest update on what we know now about furlough leave and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) 9th April 2020
Updates to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage came into effect from 5 April 2020 as follows:
HMRC have published a further update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as follows:
Employees can start a new job when on furlough, by joining their new employer and continuing with furlough leave without a break.