UK Covid-19: recent developments for employers

A constant stream of Covid-19 related announcements have been made since the Summer, including details of the new Job Support Scheme replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 November, the Job Retention Bonus and new criminal offences for employers knowingly permitting employees who should be self-isolating to return to the workplace. Key upcoming … Read more

Hong Kong: Executive double-hatting and deemed employment risks

Having executives work across group companies is common as it can allow operational and cost efficiencies while keeping the underlying employment relationships simple. In its recent decision in Yung Wai Tak Abraham William v Natural Daily (NZ) Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 2067, the Court of First Instance of the High Court (“CFI”) found a group List Co … Read more

UK Covid-19: Job Support Scheme extended to cover closed business premises

On Friday 9 October HM Treasury announced that the Job Support Scheme will be extended to support all UK firms legally required to close as a direct result of local or national coronavirus restrictions (including businesses required to provide only delivery and collection services from their premises). Details are set out in a factsheet with … Read more

Hong Kong: Resignation, Repudiation or Dismissal?

In the recent decision of Lam Sin Yi Sindy v Leung King Wai William [2020] HKCFI 2525, the plaintiff challenged her former employer’s treatment of the termination of employment as a resignation. The decision is a useful reminder of the legal principles in relation to valid notice of termination and the perils of accepting a resignation given … Read more

UK Covid-19: details of Job Retention Bonus published

On 2 October the Government published further details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Job Retention) Bonus announced in July along with the Treasury Direction underpinning the scheme. The initial announcement set out that a one-off (taxable) payment of £1,000 would be available to UK employers for employees for whom they have made a valid … Read more

UK COVID-19: recent changes to CJRS guidance

A number of changes have been made to the HMRC guidance on the CJRS in the last few weeks, to highlight various deadlines as well as making minor changes to the method of calculating certain claims: The guidance now reflects the deadline of 30 November 2020 as the last day employers can submit or change … Read more

UK Covid-19 developments: criminal offences for knowingly permitting breach of self-isolation rules; changes to return to work guidance

Self-isolation rules and return to work guidance have been continually updated over the last few weeks.  In particular, employers could now be liable for criminal offences for knowingly allowing workers who should be self-isolating to come into the workplace, and employers are once again being told that office workers should work from home over the … Read more

Australia: Did Parliament lose “site” of its purpose? Construction Industry Portable Long Service Leave Scheme applied to work on established operational sites

Programmed Industrial Maintenance Pty Ltd v The Construction Industry Long Service Leave Payments Board [2020] WAIRC 00758 In a decision that will likely have wide-ranging implications across Western Australia resources sector, a Full Bench of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) has found that employees performing maintenance and repair work at operational resource facilities … Read more