Employment Law Coronavirus Update
We know that as an employer these are very stressful and worrying times for you and your staff. We are here to help as best we can. To be able to assist you over the coming weeks and months all of our appointments can now take place over the phone.
Our Employment Law team are now working successfully from home, with full access to the systems they need, so minimal disruption to our service is anticipated. Our main switchboard will continue to operate as normal and the vast majority of our normal administrative functions will still operate.
One of the main things that we are being asked by businesses is what they can do with their staff in this period of downturn. A word of caution though please, do not fall foul of employment law rights when furloughing staff. We've heard of a few examples where businesses have assumed that normal rules do not apply. They do.
We have written two key articles that will help:
From Monday 23rd March 2020 all in-person hearings (hearings where the parties are expected to be in attendance at a tribunal hearing centre) listed to commence on or before Friday 26th June 2020, will be converted to a case management hearing. This will take place by telephone or other electronic means and will happen (unless parties are advised otherwise) on the first day allocated for the hearing. This will provide an opportunity to discuss how best to proceed in the light of the Presidential Guidance dated 18th March 2020, unless in the individual case the President, a Regional Employment Judge or the Vice-President directs otherwise. If the case is set down for more than one day then parties should proceed on the basis that the remainder of the days fixed have been cancelled. For the avoidance of doubt, this direction also applies to any hearing that is already in progress on Monday 23rd March 2020 and, if not already addressed before then, the parties may assume that the hearing on that day is converted to a case management hearing of the kind referred to above. In person hearings listed to commence on or after 29th June 2020 will remain listed, in the meantime, and will be subject to further direction in due course. The parties remain free to make any application to the Tribunal.
We have put together a redundancy procedure guide for employers to outline the full process, selecting people for redundancy, common mistakes and vital information you should consider to be able to make informed decisions.
We have put together a Disciplinary Action Guide for Employers featuring procedures, problems and grievances.