Pannone Corporate News and Opinion

On 26 June 2020, the Third Treasury Direction was published setting out the mechanics of the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘the Scheme’) and dealing principally with the implementation of the ‘flexible furlough scheme’ available from 1 July 2020. However, an amendment to the introduction section of the Scheme as a whole has raised concern over the ability of employers to recoup notice sums paid to employees who are dismissed whilst still on…
The HSE has issued further detailed guidance for employers struggling to determine whether confirmed Covid-19 cases within the workforce are reportable under RIDDOR. This latest attempt to clarify the position comes after questions were raised as to how employers, already under pressure from the effects of the pandemic, should interpret the legal reporting requirements. Who must make the report? RIDDOR requires “Responsible Persons” to report certain matters to the HSE. Typically employers, the self-employed and…
You are invited to join Pannone Corporate’s Care Quality webinar on 8 July 2020 at 10am. The Care Quality Commission was, prior to the pandemic, increasingly active in the number of the enforcement actions taken against providers it considered had failed to meet the fundamental standards. The ongoing presence of COVID-19 has however had a seismic impact on the Commission and its ability to pursue enforcement activity, and the long-term effects of the pandemic on…
Updated guidance from HMRC has now been published which sets out how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will operate more flexibly from 1 July onwards. The main points from the guidance are: • Claims for furlough periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 must be made by 31 July 2020. • From 1 July, employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any work pattern. Employers must pay…
The phrase “cash is king” was used widely after the global stock market crash in 1987 and during the global financial crisis of 2008. No doubt the phrase will also be used frequently in these current challenging times. Whilst many recruitment companies are efficient, well run businesses, one area where potential is not always maximised is pursuing disputed fees. Having an organised and structured process to follow with disputed fees could lead to your business…
The 2019 Court of Appeal criminal case of R (The Pensions Regulator) v Workchain Limited (Workchain) serves as a useful reminder of the possible criminal consequences of unauthorised access to a computer system. Facts Under the Pensions Act 2008 employers are required to automatically enrol eligible workers into a pension scheme. The employer has to pay pension contributions and to deduct from earnings and pay into the scheme employee pension contributions. An employee, but not…
The NHS Test and Trace system for COVID-19 was launched on 28 May 2020, some critics say with undue haste. The accompanying contact tracing app has had a first phase launch in the Isle of Wight. The purpose of these systems is to help control the spread of the virus. As part of this, large amounts of personal data will be collected. So how has data protection been addressed in these systems? NHS Test and…
To date the potential fines for non-compliance with the GDPR have attracted headlines. However, it is important for organisations to appreciate that there is also potential liability to pay compensation to individuals for a data protection breach. There is a developing claimant industry for compensation claims following a data protection breach. We round up below some recent cases and developments on data compensation claims. Class action claim against EasyJet On 19 May 2020 EasyJet reported…
The Government has announced more detail about how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will operate from 1 July. The scheme closes to new entrants from 30 June – from 1 July onwards employers will only be able to furlough employees who have already been furloughed for a full three week period prior to 30 June.  It follows that the cut-off date for furloughing someone for the first time is 10 June. Employers have until 31 July to make a…
What’s New? This month we look at new ACAS guidance on handling disciplinaries and grievances during lockdown; holiday for furloughed workers; the latest report from the Low Pay Commission on compliance with the national minimum wage; and an update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. More… Constructive Dismissal – The straw which broke the camel’s back In the recent case of Williams v Governing Body of Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School, the Employment…