Employment Law Update November 2020

18th November 2020

Unsurprisingly, Employment Law news this month is dominated by the extension of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2021. Until January 2021 employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The cap is proportionate to the hours not worked. Points of note: Employers do not need to… Read More

Job Losses as a Result of the Winding Down of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

1st July 2020

Following HMRC’s announcement on 12 June confirming the winding down of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), many employers may have no choice but to start thinking about reducing their work force. We have seen many big companies recently making redundancies, here, we address questions we find employers are asking in these difficult times. Can employees be made redundant… Read More

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 July 2020

29th June 2020

With many changes to the Furlough Scheme around the corner, here we set out what employers can expect over the next few months. Closure to New Entrants From 1 July 2020, employers will not be able to furlough anyone new (unless they are returning from family leave). In order to be furloughed after 1 July, the employee must have previously been furloughed for… Read More

The grand re-opening of non-essential shops

24th June 2020

Yesterday, the government announced that all non-essential shops can re-open on 15 June.  This includes all retail shops, money branches such as post offices and money businesses as well as markets and car dealerships. On May 25 the Government updated its guidance on working safely during coronavirus, including a section on shops and branches. If you are looking to re-open your… Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Employment

24th June 2020

What changes has the Government made to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)? Ordinarily to qualify for SSP an employee or worker must be absent from work due to incapacity. This would not normally include a person who is self-isolating without suffering symptoms. However with effect from 13 March 2020, a new piece of legislation provides that a person in self-isolation is deemed incapable… Read More

Battle of the Stripes: Lessons from the Adidas Trademark Ruling

5th September 2019

For many, Adidas’s three parallel stripes trademark is synonymous with the major sporting brand. However, last month’s highly anticipated judgement from the European General Court (T-307/17) declared the trademark invalid on grounds of a lack of distinctiveness. The judgement stems from a long-standing ‘battle of the stripes’ between Adidas (three stripes) and Belgian footwear… Read More

How to Protect your brand

18th March 2019

Having created a brand and a logo for your new business how do you now protect this and stop others copying it ? Business owners commonly create and invent literary and artistic works (such as symbols, names and images) that are used to identify and promote their company. These devices can be a valuable asset of the business and, in many… Read More

Brexit...What next

6th July 2016

With Britain voting to leave the European Union, we look at what’s next and how long it will take. This is no short-term relationship where you can un-follow, delete and move on from the EU. There is a formal legal process called Article 50 - but it's never been used and when it was created nobody thought anyone would… Read More

Company Law Update – The register of people with significant control - Summary guide for companies

7th April 2016

From today (6 April 2016), the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 brings into force changes to the registration requirements with Companies House for all UK incorporated companies (whether limited and unlimited) as well as LLPs Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs). Companies and LLPs are now required to keep a register of people who have significant control of the Company (PSC). It should… Read More