The UK Government has now extended the Scheme for a further month, until the end of April 2021.
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Following the Scheme being extended until the end of March 2021, several small changes have been made to the sets of guidance made available to the public by the UK government. One of the most recent changes (published on 1 December 2020), which details the operation of holiday pay in connection with the Scheme, should be carefully considered by employers who are currently using, or looking to make use of the Scheme – especially those employers looking to use the Scheme over the festive period.
Over the past few years, there has been an increasing body of case law relating to the varying rights given to, and the distinction between, the different classifications of "employees", "workers" and "self-employed". A recent case considered this matter from a health and safety perspective and has significant implications for organisations that engage workers.
Last week, alongside an announcement on the opening of applications for the Scottish Government's business support scheme, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced that further rules around the wearing of face coverings in Scotland were to be introduced, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Generally speaking, and regardless of which party comes out on top in an Employment Tribunal case, cost awards (whereby the Employment Tribunal orders one party to pay some or all of the costs of the other) remain somewhat rare. In a recent case, however, this status quo was significantly departed from when the Employment Tribunal ordered the claimant to pay around a staggering £430,000 in costs to the respondent.