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A Watershed in US LGBT History

June 18, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

Until recently, the Supreme Court in the United States has ruled in favour of providing protection for LGBT workers against employers. This was a 6-3 decision where the majority upheld that in US federal law, discrimination based on sex should now include sexual orientation and gender identity. What this means is that employers will be

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COVID-19 Update: Furlough Extension for New Parents

As of last month, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was extended to October 2020 even though it was only intended to last until 1st July 2020. When this extension was announced, this also included the introduction of some furlough flexibilities, being that workers could start returning to work on either a full or part-time

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COVID-19 Update: Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Friday 29th May 2020, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a brand-new set of amendments to the existing Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). These amendments are built on from Sunak’s previous announcement on Tuesday 12th May that the scheme would be extended to October 2020, albeit initially it was only meant to last until July

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COVID-19 Update: Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

May 27, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, News

On Tuesday 26th May 2020, HM Treasury officially opened its gateway for the arrival of applications from small businesses and employers in the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff who have taken sick leave for reasons associated with COVID-19. The scheme has been established for the purposes of assisting employers and small

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COVID-19 Update for NHS Overseas Workers

Over the last two days, The Home Office and Department of Health asserted two significant announcements directed to the loved ones of health and social care workers who have died because of COVID-19 and migrant workers in the NHS. On Wednesday 20th May 2020, an extension to the NHS Bereavement Scheme was granted. The scheme

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Immigration Update: The Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence

In March 2020, the UK government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to generate a brand-new Shortage Occupation List (SOL) in anticipation of the launch of the new immigration system. The newly discovered points-based immigration system is scheduled to take effect in the UK from 1st January 2021. The new immigration system will take prime

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COVID-19 Update: Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Tuesday 12th May 2020, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, broadcasted to the nation that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended. The scheme is continuously monitored and was due to cease operating in June 2020. Now, the scheme will operate for another four months until October 2020. Changes will be

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COVID-19 Update: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

On Monday 4th May 2020, HM Revenue & Customs updated its guidance on the launch of a new scheme: The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This scheme has been launched by the UK government in a bid to aid individuals who are either self-employed or members of a partnership who have been negatively affected by

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Statutory Pay for Employees

On Monday 27th April 2020, HM Revenue & Customs published guidance documents for employers on how to calculate employees’ statutory pay for specific employees who have recently been furloughed. The following employees will now be paid based on their usual earnings, not the furlough rate: Workers taking paid maternity leave Workers taking paid paternity leave

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Frequently Asked Questions

On Thursday 23rd April 2020, HM Revenue and Customs updated its guidance directed to both employers and employees on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. If you are an employer claiming through the CJRS or an employee on furlough, please see our FAQs if you have any queries. I am an employer: I am claiming under

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COVID-19 Update: UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

April 20, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

On 17th April 2020, HM Revenue & Customs updated its policy guidance on the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a UK Government financial aid scheme designed to help businesses that cannot afford to maintain their workforces. Updated Information: Furlough period limit: Furloughed employees must be on furlough for a minimum duration of

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COVID-19 Update: Latest Changes for Those Affected by Travel Restrictions

As of 15th April 2020, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) broadcasted its recently updated guidance to individuals affected by travel restrictions because of COVID-19. Crucial changes to note are the following: – Applicants completing an application will not incur any negative effects to their immigration statuses if they cannot attend their respective appointments. This

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What the Post-Brexit Immigration System means for Employers

From 1st January 2021, the new points-based immigration system will be given immediate effect to in the UK. For employers, this specifically means that employers will have to obtain a sponsor licence before they begin to hire nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA). This is in addition to the current requirement to hold a

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COVID-19 Update: Further Relaxation of Sponsorship Duties

As of 3rd April 2020, the Home Office has issued a further update for sponsors of Tier 4 students and Tier 2 and 5 employees. For the previous update and contact details, please read our publication: https://www.hudsonmckenzie.com/covid-19-update-relaxation-of-sponsorship-duties/ If you are a sponsor and any of the following scenarios apply to you, please see the latest

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COVID-19 Update: Advice for Employers on Right to Work checks

April 3, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

On 30th March 2020, the Home Office published updated guidance for employers to carry out Right to Work checks. The purpose of these updated changes is to facilitate employers by making the process of carrying out these checks much easier. Please note that these amendments are only temporary during the coronavirus pandemic. The new approach:

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