Right to work:
Organisations may continue to process right to work checks virtually until 31 August 2021.
The EU Settlement Scheme closed to applicants on 30th June 2021. The new right to work checks can be found on gov.uk for EEA citizens (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
- ‘Test to return to work’ scheme
There is an increasing list of exemptions from self-isolation, known as the ‘test to return to work’ scheme. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has information on managing employees who are contacted by the test and trace service – Test and Trace FAQs.
- Furlough scheme changes
The Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) funding is now 60 per cent to a maximum of £1,875 per month – it dropped again at the beginning of August. It will stay at this level until the end of the Scheme on 30 September 2021.
Employment legislation changes:
There has been a slowdown in new employment law over the past 18 months. Legislation yet to be confirmed includes the following:
- The law on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace is to be strengthened; the duty on employers to proactively take steps to prevent harassment will be made stronger; employer liability for third party harassment is coming back and the time limit to make a claim of harassment to an Employment Tribunal may be extended from 3 to 6 months. My blog on sexual harassment and harassment at work outlines the Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on sexual harassment and other forms of harassment at work. This guide helps employers understand the impact of harassment in the workplace, the law in this area and best practice for effective prevention and response.
- There is a proposal to Introduce a right for all workers to request a more predictable and stable contract after 26 weeks’ service, e.g. zero hours workers or employees.
- It is proposed to extend redundancy protection for new parents to possibly 6 months after return to work.
- There is a proposal to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents. It will be interesting to see what happens here as the take-up of shared parental leave to date has been low (c. 2%).
If you are looking for HR advice or assistance, get in contact with Sonia Wilson at Populo.
Sonia Wilson MA, Chartered FCIPD