Updated: 10 July 2020 Latest Updates: This Q&A has been updated following the Chancellor’s Summer Statement on 8 July 2020. In particular a short section has been added to cover the Job Retention Bonus. The two key developments (as announced by the Chancellor on 29 May) are that from 1 July ‘flexible furlough’ will be [...]
All pubs and restaurants are now closed. We read with interest today that operators who were shutting selected takeaway sites are now taking more drastic action. By shutting all sites operators can shut head office and “furlough” staff there too reducing cash flow as much as possible. Furlough is a term previously unknown to us. [...]
As you know, employers must provide a written statement of particulars to every employee within the first two months of their employment. This is commonly referred to as a ‘Section 1 Statement’, and must include specified information such as the date on which the employment began, how much the employee will be paid and details [...]
When you are recruiting for new staff you must be careful not to discriminate against applicants based on a protected characteristic, e.g. age, sex, race, religion etc. In a recent case one pub company fell foul of the law by advertising job vacancies on Facebook and in a way that discriminated against older workers. Facts [...]
Some businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors engage consultants who provide their services through a personal service company. This may, for example, be a property consultant, a strategic development consultant or an HR consultant. The personal service or limited company submits invoices to the hospitality business who is currently not responsible for taxing the [...]
The Government has agreed that confidentiality clauses should not be used to silence victims of discrimination - but argues that such clauses still have a legitimate place in the employment context.