Staff to get all their tips

By |2021-10-04T14:59:10+01:00October 4th, 2021|

New legislation next year The government has announced its plans to make it illegal for hospitality companies (including pubs, cafes and restaurants) to withhold tips from their workers. Legislation obliging operators to pass on tips will be introduced within the next year.  The announcement is here  Currently, businesses who receive tips via card payment have [...]

Should you make Covid tests for staff mandatory?

By |2021-07-05T09:42:09+01:00July 5th, 2021|

As a full re-opening looks possible on 19th July it might give customers more confidence if you could say that you required all staff to take Covid tests but is mandatory testing a good idea? Mandatory testing is a much-debated issue with Government statistics claiming that 1 in 3 people with Covid show no symptoms. [...]

Reopening – Planning and Licensing provisions relaxed

By |2021-03-17T16:44:52+01:00March 17th, 2021|

Re-opening on the horizon The much awaited easing of lockdown restrictions are now at last on the horizon and with the vaccine programme moving at pace the COVID tide looks like it’s turning, which means the hospitality trade can see a much clearer path ahead. Relaxation of planning and licensing measures This was bolstered further [...]

Gender fluid employee – Jaguar Land Rover heavily criticised and ordered to pay £180,000 damages for discrimination

By |2021-02-22T12:07:48+01:00February 22nd, 2021|

Many employers who find they have a gender fluid or transitioning employee won't have had to navigate this issue before.  As an employer you should know what actions to take to support the employee and wider workforce and to ensure that costly discrimination claims are avoided. The pub, restaurant and hotel sector also needs to [...]

Re-opening – directors must beware of wrongful trading

By |2021-02-03T16:55:43+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

The hospitality sector has been one of the sectors worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. At the start of the New Year the country entered into a third national lockdown and as yet, it is unclear when restrictions will be lifted. All eyes will be on the now all too familiar daily statistics and the [...]

Covid-19 insurance claims – Supreme Court decision is a boost for the industry

By |2021-02-03T13:07:15+01:00February 3rd, 2021|

From the outset, Freeths cast doubt on the media coverage that suggested that business interruption insurance would not provide cover for losses in relation to Covid-19.  In our previous article here we urged operators to check their policies carefully. High Court decision In September, in the test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) acting [...]