UK COVID-19: Chancellor confirms changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has this evening confirmed the following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): Claims for periods after 30 June 2020 will only be possible from employers who have previously used the scheme in respect of employees they have previously furloughed for a 3 week period ending no later than 30 June – … Read more

Australia: In the Rossato decision, the Court confirms overall relationship is still critical in determining casual employment; rejects ‘double dipping’ argument

In the long awaited decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84, the Full Federal Court finds ‘casual’ WorkPac employee entitled to leave and holiday payments. Background Robert Rossato was employed by labour hire company WorkPac Pty Ltd (WorkPac) as a casual coal mining worker across companies within the Glencore Group from 28 … Read more

UK: 4 April updates to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance

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

UK: gender pay gap reporting deadline suspended

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have this morning suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20). The decision means that there will be no expectation on employers to report their data.  See the announcement here. Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update March 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: our live webinar that discussed the continued impact of COVID-19 across the region and some of the challenges faced by businesses and organisations; In Indonesia, the proposals outlined in the draft Omnibus Bill on Job Creation, including among other things, widespread changes to termination … 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