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We are pleased to share that the Law Society of Scotland has accredited partner, Anya Duncan. She joins her fellow partner, David Chalmers as an Accredited Specialist in Employment Law.  

Last week, three Private Members Bills received royal assent which will, when in force, give new rights to parents and carers, namely:

  • Paid neonatal leave of up to 12 weeks for employed parents whose children are admitted into neonatal care. This will be in addition to existing leave entitlements such as maternity and paternity leave.
  • Enhancement of existing redundancy protections for pregnant women and new parents for a period of time after they return to work.
  • A week of flexible unpaid leave per year for unpaid carers who have dependants with long-term care needs.

On 10 May 2023 the UK Government published the ‘Smarter Regulation’ policy paper which announced a number of post-Brexit employment law reform measures. The package of regulatory reforms includes:

  1. Limiting non-compete clauses to three-months
  2. Changes to Working Time Regulations
  3. Reforms to the rules governing the transfer of employees between undertakings (TUPE)

During April 2023 there are a  number of employment law changes.

Click on the image to access our updated Employment Team Fact Card PDF guide.

The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 (Regulations) come into force today for a time limited period.

These Regulations extend the period of self-certification for Statutory Sick Pay from 7 days to 28 days.

On 13 November 2020, HM Treasury published The Coronavirus Act 2020 Functions of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) Direction. This is the fourth Treasury Direction in relation to the operation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

All of the Treasury Directions provide the legal framework for the CJRS.  Although the government have confirmed the CJRS will be in place until 31 March 2021, these directions deal with the period to 31 Jan 2021.

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended until 31 March 2021. On 10 November 2020, guidance regarding the extended scheme was published.

The guidance consists of various documents including:

On 5 November 2020, the Government announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will now remain open until 31 March 2021.

HMRC have issued a policy paper which provides details on:

  • The eligibility criteria for employers and employees;
  • What employers will need to do in order to claim; and
  • Updated information on reference data to calculate those claims.

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