Employees Refusing to Return to Work Due to COVID?

With the recent lifting of legal restrictions on social distancing and face coverings, employers can start to plan a return to workplaces for furloughed employees or those who have been working from home. Still, some employees may have ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus within the workplace, refusing to return where they feel unsafe, […]

Right to Work Checks (Employer Guidance)

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Right to Work Checks: Guidance for Employers  As a UK employer, you have a legal obligation to comply with the prevention of illegal working legislation. This requires you to conduct basic documentation checks on every UK-based employee to verify that any individual you employ has the requisite permission to perform the work on offer. In […]

Preparing for the End of Furlough

End of furlough rules

The CJRS, or furlough scheme, is now scheduled to run until 30th September 2021. The scheme was previously due to end in October 2020 and then April 2021, but has been extended in light of the continued challenges of the pandemic and the mandatory closure of businesses in many sectors of the economy, including leisure, […]

UK Visa Processing Times (Latest from UKVI)

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UK visa processing times continue to be affected by the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. The Home Office confirmed in January 2021 that although UKVCAS appointment levels are now above March 2020 levels, ie prior to COVID-19 disruption, high demand for all appointments and the requirement to maintain COVID-secure facilities is restricting the “ability to […]

Furlough Redundancy Process Guide

Employers with workers on furlough must start to prepare for the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is fast approaching at the end of September. While many workers may be able to return to work and resume duties, the reality for some employers is that their furloughed workers may be at risk […]

Health & Safety Unfair Dismissal

health and safety unfair dismissal

A return to the workplace for many staff may raise health and safety concerns in light of the ongoing pandemic. In some cases, employees may even refuse to return to the workplace during this worrying time. The coronavirus presents a unique and unprecedented context for existing health & safety rules, which require employers to take […]

Overstaying in the UK (Expired Visa Rules)

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If you remain in the UK after your visa or Home Office permission has expired, you may be considered an overstayer. Overstaying can result in a blemished immigration record, impacting any future UK immigration applications. The Home Office does not remind individuals of their visa expiry date. If you are unsure if you have overstayed, […]

Latest UK COVID Restrictions & Business Travel

latest uk covid travel restrictions

New immigration COVID restrictions are now in effect in England as the Government moves to suppress transmission of the coronavirus.   Travel corridors closed  All quarantine-free travel corridors for people arriving into the UK have been closed indefinitely, and all arrivals from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man must now present […]

Workplace Stress: Employer’s Duty of Care

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Employers are under a legal duty to assess the risk of workplace stress for their workers and to take appropriate action to ensure their wellbeing. In addition to meeting the duty of care, employers should be concerned with the wider implications of work-related stress. Stress can significantly impact a business and its workforce, affecting absence, performance and […]

Can Employers Make COVID Vaccinations Mandatory?

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Is a ‘no jab, no job’ policy lawful? The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted employers across the UK to reassess their health and safety practices to ensure their workplaces are clean and safe for their workforce, customers and visitors. This has resulted in strict hygiene measures being introduced to control the spread of coronavirus within the […]