Employment Bulletin - April 2020

Employment Bulletin - April 2020

  • Supreme Court decides employer is not vicariously liable for employee’s data protection breach- W M Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants
  • COVID-19: FAQs for employers who are sponsorship licence holders
  • Coronavirus in the workplace: additional FAQs for employers
  • A reminder of an employer’s legal responsibilities on mental health within the workplace
  • High Court rules on furlough and insolvency in the first case on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme- Re Carluccios Limited (in administration) [2020]
  • Update on employment law changes coming into effect from 6 April 2020
Supreme Court decides employer is not vicariously liable for employee’s data protection breach- W M Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants

On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court (SC) overturned the judgments of the High Court and Court of Appeal, deciding that Morrisons, as the employer, was not vicariously liable for its employee’s breaches under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The SC also considered whether vicarious liability is excluded from the breaches under the DPA.

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COVID-19: FAQs for employers who are sponsorship licence holders

With the UK in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive travel and quarantine measures being imposed, our Head of Immigration and Partner, Julie Moktadir, has addressed key concerns that organisations with sponsorship licences may have.

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Coronavirus in the workplace: additional FAQs for employers

Covid-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to the employment sector. Further to our March employment bulletin, this article offers a legal perspective on some additional key issues employers will face in the light of the pandemic. We have published full guidance for employers on our website, which can be found here.

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A reminder of an employer’s legal responsibilities on mental health within the workplace

A healthy workforce increases a business’ performance, productivity and profitability and can help an employer retain staff. Despite the understandable focus of many employers on managing the effects of COVID-19, employers still have legal responsibilities to look after employees’ mental health, which are important to be aware of now more than ever.

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High Court rules on furlough and insolvency in the first case on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Re Carluccios Limited (in administration) [2020]

The High Court has provided clarity on how businesses in administration may apply to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

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Update on employment law changes coming into effect from 6 April 2020

We have previously outlined statutory employment law changes that came into effect on the 6 April 2020 and further information on some of these changes have since been published by the government. The following is a summary of these updates.

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The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.

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