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Employment law advice employees
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a difficult time for everyone. Many of you are worried not only about your health but also about your employment and paying the bills and is your employer treating you fairly.
These are worrying, uncertain and unprecedented times with the impact of coronavirus affecting and changing all aspects of our lives including work.
Employers are having to change and in some cases dramatically alter the way they operate and run their business.
It has led to a large number of employees working from home, others having to take a pay cut and some being asked to take unpaid leave.
There have been reports that up to 200,000 jobs may have been lost since the outbreak of the virus.
A Happy New Year to you all from the staff at Castle Associates. This week’s News editorial is just a short snippet and a more comprehensive round up of the most important stories of 2019 will follow next week.
We’re on the run in to the General Election on 12 December now and the respective political parties are beginning to publish their manifestos. Over the next few weeks the editorial will take a sneak peek at what each party is proposing bring to the workplace if they are elected. Firstly, this week we look at the proposals in the Labour Manifesto, which are broad to say the least, details can be found here(1) As even the most blinkered sceptics begin to accept that the Clima
This week we take a snapshot of our times whilst once again teetering on the brink of life outside the European Union. A deep sense deja-vu settles all-around us. That said, the prospect of us actually leaving now seems as remote as it did at the end of March. We start on a serious note with a landmark case being heard at the Court of Appeal. The EAT in Edinburgh is hearing the appeal by Glasgow City Council against Jimmy & Christine Johnson, who in 2017 won a case which granted Foster workers employment rights for the first time.
This weeks news editorial glances at a variety of current issues. Firstly we will take a look at World Mental Health Day and the Health and Safety Executive’s guidelines for both employers and employees. Then we will take a look at a smattering of recent Employment Tribunal cases with issues ranging from ‘whistleblowing’ to protected conversations and their admissibility in court.