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    ‘High-value’ business travellers to be exempt from quarantine

    Full details of the exemptions are yet to be released by the Department for TransportDavid Cliff/NurPhoto/PA Images The transport secretary Grant Shapps has indicated that “high-value business travellers” will be exempt from having to self-isolate when returning to England from countries not in existing travel corridors. From 4am tomorrow (5 December), people in a number […] More

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    ‘Unfair’ non-compete and exclusivity clauses to be curtailed

    Business secretary Alok Sharma announced the government’s plans today. Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire/PA Images The government has confirmed it intends to crack down on and potentially ban the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts – as reported by Personnel Today on Tuesday – and announced its intention to prohibit exclusivity clauses for low-paid workers. […] More

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    Top 10 Covid-related claims employers could face in 2021

    Brastock/Shutterstock The Government’s furlough scheme, large-scale redundancies, safe working concerns and the rise of flexible working will have a big impact on employment tribunals for years to come. We highlight 10 employment tribunal claims related to the coronavirus pandemic that employers could face in 2021 and beyond.   1. Breach of contract when cutting furloughed […] More

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    Private sector pay optimism grows for 2021

    Kutlayev Dmitry/Shutterstock Private sector workers are set to receive average pay rises of 2.4% in 2021, up from an average of 2.2% in 2020 according to salary forecast research. The number of UK companies expecting to freeze pay in 2021 is expected to fall sharply, in a sign of cautious optimism for 2021. According to […] More

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    Ethical dilemma: Can employers insist on Covid-19 vaccinations?

    Shutterstock As the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine receives approval from the UK medicines regulator, to what degree can employers insist that staff are vaccinated before returning to the workplace? Ashleigh Webber examines the ethical arguments. The news that three effective Covid-19 vaccinations have been developed – and one approved in the UK – has come as […] More

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    Will Covid spell the end of hierarchy? 

    Visual Generation/Shutterstock The adjustment to home-working and the need for greater agility in decision-making may have encouraged the growth of flatter organisations. In sectors steeped in the value of hierarchy, will we see a more fluid approach? Peter Crush investigates.   As a former CIO at the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Jon Faulkner knows a thing […] More

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    How will employers fare under the new immigration system?

    EQRoy / Shutterstock The UK’s new points-based immigration system opens for visa applications today (1 December 2020). Will the system make it easier or harder for employers to have access to skilled personnel? In a significant shift from the past, the new system will apply to European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals in the […] More

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    Risk of foreign investors being deterred by new immigration rules

    Photo: Shutterstock (posed by model) According to immigration specialist Yash Dubal, who advises foreign businesses that wish to set up satellite offices in the UK, new visa rules coming into operation from 1 January 2021 could lead to considerable confusion. Dubal, director at AY&J Solicitors. added that the government had also muddled its messaging by […] More

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    Dramatic fall in immigration could spark skills shortage

    The UK government had to relax quarantine rules for migrant workers due to a skills shortage on turkey farms.Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images The CIPD is urging the government to take steps to boost training and re-skilling of domestic workforce to compensate for a huge loss of migrants’ skills. The latest official migration statistics, published […] More

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    Arcadia Group collapse could risk 13,000 jobs

    Topshop on Oxford Street is one of Arcadia Group’s key sitesKirsty O’Connor/PA Wire/PA Images Retail group Arcadia, owned by business tycoon Sir Philip Green, is reportedly close to collapse, putting around 13,000 jobs at risk and raising further questions around the safety of employees’ pensions. It is thought that talks with potential lenders have fallen […] More

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    Pub chains reveal hundreds of job cuts

    Willy Barton/ Shutterstock Almost 1,700 jobs have been cut at pub and restaurant businesses Mitchells & Butlers and Fullers, Smith & Turner, due to reduced trade and the closure of some premises during the Covid-19 crisis. Mitchells & Butlers, which owns brands including All Bar One, Harvester and O’Neills, announced that it had made 1,300 […] More

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    RPI phase-out will impact defined benefit pension schemes

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak leaves No. 11 to deliver his Spending Review. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images The phasing out of the retail price index (RPI) in favour of the consumer prices index plus the cost of housing (CPIH) will have a significant impact on traditional defined benefit pension schemes. In his Spending Review on 25 November, […] More

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