On demand webinar – Employment law update
You can now view the recording of our webinar on the right to work in the UK following Brexit and the latest developments involving the impact of Coronavirus on employment law. The webinar was recorded on 27 January 2021. To view the recording, click here. To view the slides, click here.
During the webinar we take you through the issues employers should be aware of and give you practical guidance on dealing with the challenges faced by employers as a result of the impact of Brexit and of Coronavirus on the workplace.
The right to work in the UK – the immigration aspects
Following the end of the EU transition period on 31 December 2020, employers that employ EEA Nationals will need to ensure that they are up to date with the new UK immigration rules to ensure that those employees will have the right to work in the UK. EEA and Swiss nationals employed in the UK and who entered the UK before the 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the EU settlement scheme for either settled or pre-settled status.
We are delighted that immigration law expert Natasha Gya Williams joined our webinar to give employers practical tips and guidance on the immigration issues involved. Natasha covered issues including:
- The new rules employers need to be aware of;
- The steps employers should be taking to prepare;
- Evidence of immigration status – what counts and what doesn’t count;
- Right to work checks;
- Penalties for employing an employee who no longer has the right to work in the UK.
Losing the right to work in the UK – the employment law implications
Continuing to employ an employee who no longer has the right to work puts the employer at risk of civil penalties and criminal sanctions. However, identifying whether an employee no longer has the right to work in the UK can be difficult. Dismissing an employee in the mistaken belief that they do not have the right to work in the UK can give rise to claims of wrongful and/or unfair dismissal.
So what steps should an employer take if it believes an employee has lost the right to work in the UK? We guide you through some of the employment law issues involved, including:
- Considering timescales;
- Carrying out an investigation and (if necessary) a dismissal process;
- Whether the employee is entitled to notice pay;
- The importance of the appeal process;
- The risks involved for the employer.
Coronavirus – employment law update
In the final section of our webinar, we bring you a round-up of the latest developments involving the impact of Coronavirus on employment law, including:
- Clinically extremely vulnerable employees and shielding – the current guidance;
- Updates to the Job Retention Scheme guidance;
- Self-isolation and sick pay;
- Employment Tribunal Claims – changes to ACAS Early Conciliation timescales and preparing for remote hearings.
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