UK: updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance; webinar 7 April

On 4 April HMRC added to their guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  The additional text does clarify a few of the questions as to how HMRC intend the scheme to operate, although inevitably some remain.  The main changes are: in what appears now to be a condition of accessing the scheme, the guidance … Read more

COVID-19: People: UK Job Retention Scheme

At the end of last week the HMRC published more details on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced on 20 March, available here.   Our detailed briefing available here sets out the key points from the new guidance and discusses some of the issues and unanswered questions that arise.  Of course the definitive position will only … Read more

COVID-19: People – key issues for UK employers

All employers will clearly be concerned about the impact on their staff and business of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to ensuring employees have a safe place to work, employers will need to facilitate remote working where possible and devise plans to deal with possible resourcing and supply chain issues, including considering the implications of … Read more

UK: Increases to tribunal compensation caps and statutory pay rates from April 2020

The Government intends to make the following changes to statutory rates and tribunal compensation from April 2020: From 6 April 2020 the cap on the unfair dismissal compensatory award will increase from £86,444 to £88,519 and the cap on weekly pay (used to calculate the unfair dismissal basic award and statutory redundancy pay) will increase … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update February 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the initial public holiday changes and subsequent extensions issued by various provinces in China, following the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus; an overview of changes to various employment legislation in South Korea, including changes to the Equal Employment Opportunity and Work-Family Balance Assistance Act, the … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update December 2019

Our final Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update for 2019 looks at: the changes to immigration policies in China, that came into effect 1 August 2019 and relax the requirements for highly-skilled foreign workers and students which had previously been in place; in Malaysia, the amendments outlined in the Industrial Relations Bill which while not … Read more

UK: ECJ confirms scope of holiday carry over requirement

Caselaw has established that workers must be permitted to carry over statutory holiday entitlement to a new leave year where they have been unable or unwilling to take it due to sick leave. The ECJ has now confirmed that this only applies to the 4 week entitlement provided for by the EU Working Time Directive, … Read more