UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes concerning CJRS claims and lockdown rules

Employers claiming for furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) need to keep a close eye on deadlines. Monthly deadlines for claims must be now met unless an employer has a ‘reasonable excuse’ for a late claim (see here);  the next deadline is 15 February 2021.  More imminent is the deadline for applying … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update January 2021

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2021 is a brighter and better one for all. Our first Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update of 2021 covers: the recent Supreme Court decision in Thailand, that found that forwarding confidential work documents to a personal email account amounted to disclosure, even though there was no evidence that the documents … Read more

UK: short notice period undermines enforceability of covenants

The High Court judgment in Quilter Private Client Advisers Limited v Falconer highlights the risk that a short notice period, including during a probationary period, can undermine an employer’s argument that restrictive covenants should be held enforceable on the basis they are necessary to protect confidential information or customer connections.  The judgment also provides some … Read more

UK: EAT raises possibility of interim relief remedy for discriminatory dismissal claims

Currently interim relief is only available where an employee alleges that the principal reason for their dismissal is whistleblowing, trade union membership or certain employee representative activities; it is not available in discrimination cases – yet. If a tribunal decides that the employee’s claim is ‘likely to succeed’ (ie, has more than just a reasonable … Read more

DIFC Court: Whistleblowing Protections – A follow up from the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal reconsiders the CFI’s power to grant damages for breach of whistleblowing protections. Last April, we reported on the judgment of the Court of First Instance (“CFI“) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) in the case of Bassam Khalifa v S.W.I.F.T (Dubai) Limited (the “CFI Decision”). The CFI Decision indicated that the CFI has the power … Read more