Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update; new Malaysia Notes blog

Our July update includes: an update from Hong Kong and the recent case of Law Ting Pong Secondary School v Chen Wai Wah [2021] CA 873. The case follows the UK position in Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi [2016] AC 1172, and considers whether notice clauses in contracts of employment (including those … Read more

UK Covid-19: critical work self-isolation exemption; new guidance on hybrid working and Covid-19 status checks

Self-isolation exemption In light of the so-called ‘pingdemic’, the Government has recently introduced a limited exemption from self-isolation rules for critical services staff identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive. The exemption is limited to specific types of employers, only permits named fully-vaccinated workers to undertake critical work and subject to testing, … Read more

Australia: Government support increases as lockdowns continue

With nearly half of the Australian population currently subject to some form of lockdown, there are increasing calls for monetary support for individuals and businesses. On 15 July 2021, the Federal Government introduced the COVID-19 Disaster Payment (Disaster Payment). Whilst we have not  gone back to ‘JobKeeper’ (and the indications are that we will not), … Read more

UK Covid-19: new “Working Safely” guidance published, stressing the importance of ventilation, face coverings in enclosed crowded areas, and a phased return to the office

The new “Working Safely” guidance to apply from Step 4 of the Government”s Roadmap on Monday 19 July has been published here.  There is a general overview plus six sector-specific guides. The overview highlights the key point that businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks, in particular to carry out a health and … Read more

UK Covid-19: ‘Freedom Day’ to go ahead, but continuing precautions advised

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister confirmed that Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap will go ahead on Monday 19 July.  The legal rules on social distancing, social contact and face coverings and the instruction to work from home where possible will be lifted from that date, but the Government “expects and recommends a gradual return” … Read more

UK Covid-19: new senior executive exemption for limited activities following arrival from amber list country

Yesterday the Home Office updated its guidance webpage ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions‘ to reinstate an exemption for certain senior executives based overseas and travelling to England.  The exemption is similar to but more tightly defined than that briefly in place last December.  Importantly, use of the exemption requires pre-approval that the … Read more

UK Covid-19: “work from home” guidance continues to 19 July; recent tribunal cases highlight issues for employers planning return to the workplace

Yesterday evening saw the postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ and the continuation of the ‘work from home if possible’ guidance until 19 July.  The news is disappointing for all and economically challenging for many, particularly given that it seems there will not be any delay to the requirement for employers to contribute 10% to furlough pay … Read more

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers

Below is a round-up of key Covid-related developments for employers over the last six weeks: The Prime Minister has just confirmed that Step 3 of the roadmap for relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on Monday 17 May as planned.  The Prime Minister had earlier confirmed plans to lift the ‘work-from-home’ guidance for England … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Workplace Mental Wellness

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW21, Tim Leaver is joined by Sam Brown, a partner in our Pensions team and UK Regional Head of Employment, Pensions & Incentives for a discussion on workplace mental health and wellness, how the pandemic has impacted our wellbeing and awareness of our mental health and they share tips and … Read more