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Guidelines for TV Companies to restart programme making

TV companies agree guidelines that should allow programme making to resume

(updated 8th June 2020)

TV companies have agreed guidelines for producers to follow to allow television programmes to start filming again in a way that minimises the risk from coronavirus. The document,

Right to Work in the UK checks – changes due to Coronavirus

The Government announced on 30th March 2020 that there would be changes to Right to Work in the UK checks, during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can read the details here and here are the important details (directly quoted).

As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes have been made:

Annual Leave Carry Over changes – due to Covid 19

The Government announced, on 27th March 2020, that workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement in 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years. The legislation applies retrospectively from 26th March 2020.

(updated

Financial Support for workers in the Film & TV Industry

The Film and TV Charity offer financial support and are concerned about the potential impact of coronavirus on people working in film, TV and cinema, particularly in relation to freelance workers and those on limited hours contracts.

The NHS website is being updated regularly with advice on how to protect

Dealing with Coronavirus at work – information for Employers

Acas has published advice for Employers on how to deal with the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The advice is worth reading as it includes:

how to handle staff who have the virus
what to do if someone becomes unwell at work
what to do if you don’t want someone to come to work
and

Sexual Harassment and other Harassment at work – new guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission produced new guidance for Employers, in January 2020, on Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work.  You can read the full Guidance here.
The introduction to the guidance says:

“All employers have a duty of care to protect their workers and will be legally liable for harassment

Are you Micro-Managing or Managing your staff? Spot the difference…

Here’s a nice article about the way you manage your staff – which asks if you are micro-managing your staff? It starts “As a Business Strategy it is important to recognize the differences between managing and micromanaging” – read the full article here.
The article continues with “The urge to micromanage is rarely about knowing

Calculating Holiday Entitlement for permanent workers with irregular hours

Calculating Holiday entitlement for permanent workers with irregular hours

Calculating holiday pay for full-time and part-time workers is pretty straight forward – multiply the number of days they work each week by 5.6.
However, where a worker does not have regular or normal working hours, holiday pay is calculated based on their average weekly

Calculating Holiday Pay – changes in April 2020 for workers with variable hours

Calculating Holiday Pay – Currently the ‘reference’ period in the Working Time Regulations (1998) that is used to calculate holiday pay is 12 weeks.
So, where a worker does not have regular or normal working hours, holiday pay should be calculated based on average weekly pay in the 12 weeks before the holiday date (or

Increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage – April 2020

Increases to the The National Living and National Minimum Wage
The minimum wage is a legal right that covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age. There are different minimum wage rates for different age groups of workers, as follows:

The National Living Wage is £8.21. This will increase to £8.72 from 1st

The Compulsory Living Wage and Voluntary Living Wage – 2019/2020 changes

In 2016 the Government introduced a compulsory National Living Wage, however there is another voluntary Real Living Wage – we thought we’d look at what this means for SMEs.  Updated January 2020.
What is the situation now?

Currently in the UK anyone who is defined as a “worker” (including employees and Agency Workers) is entitled to

Parental Bereavement Leave – coming April 6th 2020

The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act 2018 (also known as Jack’s Law) will become law on 6th April 2020 (the Regulations have now been published but still need to be passed by Parliament).
Updated April 2020
What does this mean?
It will be a new entitlement for bereaved parents of a child, to

Changes to Statement of Employment Terms – from April 2020

Significant changes are being made from 6th April 2020 and all Employers will need to follow these new laws about the Statement employees should receive when they start work (which are contained in the Employment Rights (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2019 and the Employment Rights (Employment Particulars) Regulations 2019).
Currently, all employees are legally entitled to receive

May Day Bank Holiday 2020 changes to Friday 8th May

Change in 2020 May Day bank holiday date
In order to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020, the government has decided to move the early May bank holiday, which is usually scheduled for the first Monday in May, to Friday 8th May.
This means the first three day weekend in May

Labour to scrap IR35 private sector reform! Or maybe not!

We’ve just read this, from Contractor UK, but can find no other confirmation yet – if it’s true that will be a relief to many Contractors/Businesses in the Private Sector, who are dreading the IR35 reforms due in April 2020.  You can read our article about the current state of play for the IR35 Reform

Get the Knowledge – essentials you need when working with children on TV set or studio

Presented by the UK’s leading expert on working with children, Alison Cresswell, GET THE KNOWLEDGE provides the essential knowledge you need when working with children on set or in studio. It is an incredibly useful addition to any CV and features guest experts from Children’s TV.
Over two informal and information-packed days it covers:

Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) – what is it, what does it mean?

From 1st October 2011, Agency Workers in Great Britain (Northern Ireland will publish their own separate regulations) will have the right to ‘equal treatment’ in certain areas of their employment. We summarise what you need to know!

The Stalking Protection Act 2019

The Stalking Protection Act 2019, which came into force in March 2019,  is designed to tackle ‘stranger stalking’ (statistics says that the majority of stalking offences – whether the abuse is directed against women or men – take place in a domestic setting, however, it is believed that approximately 27% of stalking cases are committed

Changes to Written Statements of Employment from April 2020

Currently, all employees, who are engaged for one month or more, are legally entitled to a Written Statement, which they must receive within two months of starting the job. However, from 6th April 2020, all workers will need this statement too!
Currently, this statement is a summary, in writing, of an employees’ main terms and

New – Council Tax Attachment of Earnings Orders (CTAEO)

New – Council Tax Attachment of Earnings Orders (CTAEO)
From 8th July 2019, the HMRC are leading a trial with 29 different Council areas in England and Wales to recover debts directly from employees’ wages.  Individuals who live in one of these 29 Council areas (see the list below), who are in significant Council Tax

Employment Law in the United Kingdom – what differences are there?

Is it a United Kingdom? We thought we’d look in detail at the main differences in Employment Law between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and have updated this for July 2019. Generally there is very little difference in employment law between England and Wales, some differences in Scotland but there are some important differences

The new EU Whistleblower Directive

The European Union adopted the new ‘Whistleblower Directive’ in October 2019. EU member states will have 2 years to implement the new Directive (so by October 2021).
The new directive comes after several recent scandals (Panama Papers) and intends to harmonise whistle-blowing laws across the whole of the EU, where it is understood that only

What Records do Employers need to keep for the Working Time Regulations

What records do employers need to keep for the Working Time Regulations? Until May 2019, Employers in the UK needed to keep the following records :

Records showing that the workers’ weekly working limit had been complied with; it’s up to the Employer to determine what records need to be kept for this purpose

The Swedish Derogation Model – what is it? When is it ending?

The Agency Workers Regulations come into force on 1st October 2011 to bolster the rights of so-called “vulnerable” agency workers – and the Swedish Derogation is being mentioned a lot by Umbrella Companies. What does it mean?

IR35 ‘off payroll’ rules applies to the private sector from 6th April 2020

(Updated July 2019) In a not-unexpected move on 29th October 2018, the Chancellor announced that all medium and large sized businesses in the private sector who employ Contractors will become responsible for assessing the Contractors ’employment status’ – where the individual works through their own Limited Company (or through other ‘intermediaries’) – from 6th April

Are Unpaid Work Trials legal?

Unpaid work trials are common in some sectors where there is high turnover of staff (e.g. hospitality, retail) as they can be an effective way to find out if a job applicant can do the work you need doing.  However, unpaid work trials raise the tricky question of whether the applicant should be paid while

When must you provide Staff with a Written Statement (of Employment Conditions)

Currently, an Employer is required to give an employee a Written Statement of their key terms and conditions within the first 2 months of their employment (if they are engaged for a month or more).
This is a legal requirement under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (section 1), and if an Employer does not provide

Morrisons Supermarket vicariously liable for data breach of an employee

In October 2018, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court (this has been a long running case!) that Morrisons was vicariously liable for the actions of an unhappy employee, who had posted the payroll details of about 100,000 employees online!
Andrew Skelton was a Senior Internal Auditor at Morrisons HQ and

Small Business owners – how to work well with freelancers

With the ongoing shift towards employers using freelancers / contractors instead of employing PAYE workers and employees in the current uncertain climate, we look at how small business owners can get the best out of their relationship with freelancers, for the benefit of both parties.

Mandatory Disability Pay Gap reporting may be next!

At the end of November 2018 the Government launched a voluntary framework for Employers to record their disabled work-force, in what is seen as a possible move towards mandatory disability pay gap reporting in the future.
(You can read about Gender Pay Gap Reporting, Executive Pay Gap Reporting and Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting here).

Swedish Derogation repeal (in wider gig economy overhaul)

Theresa May is planning measures to boost workers’ rights, including ending of the Swedish derogation model (that allows employers, in certain situations, to pay agency workers less than their permanent counterparts), and new legislation for gig economy workers.
Business secretary Greg Clark, is understood to have told the Cabinet recently that he is looking to

Other Employment Related Budget News (from 29.10.18)

Alongside the important changes being made to IR35 in April 2020 (which you can read here), the Budget of 29.10.18 also announced:

The National Minimum/Living Wage will rise:
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has recommended that the hourly rates should increase in April 2019:

from £7.83 to £8.21 for workers aged 25 and

Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting coming soon?

Mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting Consultation starts
In October 2018 the Government started a consultation asking Employers to contribute their views on potential mandatory ethnic minority pay reporting. In brief, the options that are proposed are:

One pay gap figure comparing average hourly earnings of ethnic minority employees as a percentage of white employees,

Parental Bereavement Leave coming soon

Parental Bereavement Leave will be available from 2020 (updated January 2020).
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill received Royal Assent in September 2018 and is likely to come into affect in 2020.
This would give a statutory entitlement of 2 weeks paid leave for bereaved parents, allowing them time to grieve for a deceased

The impact of EEA immigration to the UK

These charts from the Migration Advisory Committee report (an independent body that advises the government), published yesterday, are interesting.   It summarises their conclusions as to what impact EEA immigration (immigration from EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) has had in a wide range of areas of UK life.
We are not going to

Data Protection, Copyright and Intellectual Property – if there is no Brexit deal

In this week’s release of ‘technical notices’ by the UK Government, in the case of a Brexit no-deal, Data Protection was included – and the full note (here) sets out “information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans

IR35 changes coming to the private sector in 2019?

With every possibility that the disastrous changes that were made to IR35 in the Public Sector (in April 2017), are likely to be applied to the Private Sector in April 2019, we’ve done a quick resume of how this change has affected Public Sector Contractors (this is from a Contractors point of view, but it’s

Brexit: What Employers need to know now (about their staff who are EU Citizens)

Updated 1st November 2018. Clearly, Brexit brings huge considerations for employers.  An important consideration is staffing – in regards to the future rights of EU Citizens who are already in the UK (and business’ future access to talent).  This article from People Management is helpful, looking at:

EU citizens already in the UK and

Workplace rights if there’s no deal Brexit

We’re not going to make any sarcastic comments about the UK Governments’ no deal Brexit papers, the first third of which were released on 23rd August (even though it’s SO tempting!).
The paper on workplace rights in the event of a no Brexit deal was among the first set released.  You can read the whole

Offer sabbaticals to avoid redundancies?

I must admit I’ve never heard of this, but offering sabbaticals as a way to avoid redundancies is a good concept to explore!  The idea is explained in this article from People Management.
The case studies (from the article):
Instead, the process of genuinely seeking to avoid redundancies can reap its own rewards: we saw

Foster Parents are not ‘workers’

The Advocate General of the ECJ said that foster parents are not workers and are therefore do not have rights under the Working Time Directive (to rest breaks and holidays).   Updated January 2019.

In Sindicatul Familia Constanţa

Suspension – updated guidance from Acas (July 2018)

Acas have updated their guidance on Suspension – suspending employees prior to disciplinary action, or on medical grounds, or for new or expectant mothers – which you can see here.
 
 
 
The new Guidance starts by explaining that:

“Suspension is where an employee continues to be employed but does not have to

Payslip Requirements (and changes in April 2019)

Payslips – Employer Obligations at the moment:
Employees are entitled to an itemised payslip, on or before payday. Employers can choose whether they provide printed or electronic (online) payslips.
The payslip must show:

the employees earnings before and after any deductions (Gross and Net),
the amount of any deductions that may

Pensions Auto-Enrolment – Contributions increase in April 2018

Employers need to be aware of a significant change in your Pensions Auto-Enrolment obligations, coming into effect from 6th April 2018.
Since Pension Auto-Enrolment started in 2012, Employers have been required to make a 1% minimum contribution to their workers’ pension plans (with the worker paying 2%). However, from 6th April 2018 minimum contributions

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – coming May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force across the EU, including the United Kingdom, on 25th May 2018 (and will stay implemented whether Brexit ever happens or not!). Updated 31st October 2018.
The purpose of the Regulations is to impose conditions on organisations who handle an individuals data to ensure the individual knows

Launch of Employment Tribunal Fee Refund Scheme

On the 20th October 2017 the Government launched the first stage of a refund scheme for a selected group of 1000 people, who paid Employment Tribunal fees between 29 July 2013 and 26 July 2017. This follows the important July 2017 decision by the Supreme Court that fees charged by the Tribunal were “unlawful”.

Small Business Leaders claim a quarter of staff are under-performing

In a recent survey from Sandler Training, Small business leaders claim that more than a quarter of staff are under-performing.
According to a survey of 2,000 small business leaders, performance of more than a quarter of staff working at small businesses is poor and a skills shortage is believed to be one of the reasons

Guidance for staff with premature or sick babies

Staff with premature or sick babies – Acas have just produced a new Guide for Employers to help them manage staff in this situation, called ‘Workplace support for parents with premature or sick babies’ which you can see here.
Acas say with over 95,000 premature or sick babies born each year in the UK, this

Termination Payments – tax changes due in April 2018

The latest information on changes to the tax and National Insurance treatment of Termination Payments (payments you may make to an employee when they leave), that will be effective April 2018. (updated November 2018).
The Government started a consultation in July 2016 on proposed reforms to the way employees’ termination payments are taxed (e.g. redundancy

Employment Tribunal Fees declared unlawful on 26th July 2017!

Employment Tribunal Fees declared unlawful on 26th July 2017 by the UK Supreme Court. Employment Tribunal Fees were introduced, controversially, by the Government in July 2013 and after a 4 year battle through the UK Court system, the Union UNISON finally won their case to have the Fees stopped.
You can read all the details

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