Employment Bulletin - December 2020

New guidance for shielding and protecting people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

The National restrictions are in place until 2 December 2020. At that point the country then enters into a Tier system but what does this mean for staff that are in the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category?

The Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 will come into effect from 2 December 2020, and this replaces the previous guidance on shielding that was in place during the 4-week national restrictions.

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The Impact of Brexit on Employment Law

Every employer in the UK must comply with their obligations under employment law and remain aware of any important changes. With key employment law protections in the UK originating from the EU, being aware of potential changes as a result of Brexit is no exception. 

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The Impact of Brexit on Immigration Law

On 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU and entered a transition period, during this time the UK remains bound by EU law including the right of freedom of movement within the EU.

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Changes to ACAS Early Conciliation

Before a Claimant can issue an Employment Tribunal claim, they must notify ACAS first. ACAS will thereafter contact the Claimant and offer ‘Early Conciliation’ of the claim. If the Claimant agrees to this, ACAS will liaise with the Respondent and the Claimant about the workplace dispute and aim to resolve the issue to avoid the need to start tribunal proceedings. On 1 December 2020, the timescales for early conciliation changed.

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Government Consultation announced on reform to non-compete clauses in employment contracts

On 4 December 2020, the Government announced a consultation on measures to reform post-termination non-compete clauses in contracts of employment. The consultation comes as part of the Government’s drive to support the economy following the impact of COVID-19.

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Introduction to the new Frontier Worker Permit

In recent years, there has been an increase in commuters travelling internationally for work for a variety of reasons, such as the development of high-speed rail links and cheap air travel. An EEA national’s ability to work in this way in the UK is underpinned by the principle of free movement of people within the EU.

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