Employment law for employers
Employment coronavirus advice for business
The widespread impact of COVID-19 on workplaces will lead employers to have to handle a significant variety of issues, including supporting business continuity such as: health & safety measures for staff; homeworking and care for dependents; restricting travel; pay for those self-isolating.
There are also business sustainability measures including: reducing workforce size temporarily or permanently; imposing changes to remuneration or benefit provision, or taking other measures including restructuring pay arrangements over time.
Decisions can't be safely taken based on status, service or ability without risks arising, due to protections to part-time staff, to the ability to challenge employment status and the protections that flow from the Equality Act. Service contract cancellation can also give rise to difficulties under business cessation and transfer laws.
With employers facing significant uncertainty, a prudent approach to forecasting may help and we can provide advice on how to mitigate the risks. If COVID-19 passes but significant steps have had to be taken, employers need to avoid having a legacy of claims arising from taking the right action, but in the wrong way.
- Restrictive Covenants and Implied Duties in Employment Contracts
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until April 2021
- Consultation on the operation of restrictive covenants or non-compete clauses
- Expiry of the Brexit Transition Period and employers – the end of free movement
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - recent changes in relation to holiday pay
- Are workers due the same Health and Safety rights as employees?
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until March 2021
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended
- Breaking - Changes to Job Support Scheme Announced
- Face Coverings in the Workplace - What are the changes?
- An expensive claim – significant costs award made against claimant in the employment tribunal
- New Guidance on the Job Retention Bonus, who is eligible and how it can be claimed
- Breaking - New Jobs Support Scheme to replace Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Extending furlough? Repaying furlough? Recent developments and words of caution
- When can employment tribunals order re-employment following an unfair dismissal case?
- Redundancy and restructure considerations for employers
- Furlough Redundancy – New law for employees to receive full payment
- Assessing employment status of athletes – employees, workers … or something else?
- Why a failure to consider 'bumping' on redundancy may make dismissal unfair
- Coronavirus: Flexible Furlough Scheme now live
- Why a failure to consider 'bumping' on redundancy may make dismissal unfair
- Coronavirus: Job Retention Scheme guidance updated to reveal details of Flexible Furlough
- Using competitive interviews during redundancy processes
- Coronavirus: Chancellor announces changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from July
- Statutory Sick Pay and the Test and Trace System: considerations for employers and employees
- Coronavirus: Scottish Government announces Test and Protect advice for employers
- Coronavirus: Updated Treasury Directions for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Coronavirus: 'COVID Secure' Guidance to businesses working in other people's homes
- Coronavirus: 'COVID Secure' Guidance to businesses with offices and contact centres
- Job Retention Scheme extended until October - 12 May
- Job Retention Scheme guidance updated further - 30 April
- Coronavirus: New restrictions on businesses
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now live - 20 April
- Coronavirus: Job Retention Scheme Update - 16 April
- Coronavirus: Job Retention Scheme Update - 14 April
- Coronavirus: Job Retention Scheme Update - 8 April
- Coronavirus: further guidance issued on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Restrictive covenants and the benefits of proactive legal advice in the recruitment process
- Supporting employees through a difficult time - caring for dependents and bereavement leave
- Relaxing the rules on right to work checks by employers
- Is an employer liable for a data breach by an employee?
- Coronavirus: employees permitted to carry over unused leave in changes to Working Time Regulations
- Data Protection obligations during the Coronavirus lockdown
- Coronavirus - 17 key issues for employers to consider
- Coronavirus: enforcement of gender pay gap reporting is suspended
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furloughed workers - what you need to know
- What do employers and employees do about holidays during the outbreak?
- How to keep track of the most up-to-date, official coronavirus advice
- What responsibilities do employers have regarding employees and the Coronavirus?
- 10 key legal points for employers due to Coronavirus schools closure
- Coronavirus COVID-19 - Postponement of IR35 reforms announced
- Coronavirus: am I eligible for sick pay?
Key contact - Bruce Caldow
Bruce specialises in employment law and heads the firm's employment law practice. He advises in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters and acts primarily for employers along with executive and senior-level employees before the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal. View full profile.
Solution driven advice for employers in all sectors
Our award-winning team of specialist employment solicitors advise on every aspect of employment law.
From offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Elgin and Shetland our advice and strategic support is focused on providing practical, straightforward and solution-driven assistance for your employment law issues in Scotland & across the UK.
The team acts for a broad range of clients - from Government, Government agencies and public sector organisations, to multinational corporations, family-owned businesses and leading third sector employers – advising and representing them in Scotland, England and beyond.
From helping with advising on HR issues and policies which can help you to avoid workplace disputes in the first place to representing our clients at Employment Tribunals if the need arises, our specialists can guide you through all aspects of employment law.
Why choose us for your employment law advice?
When you work with us we become your trusted advisers first, and lawyers second. Our advice on employment transactions and contracts is down-to-earth, practical and makes complete business sense.
We’re also innovative in the way we deliver our services, providing transparent management information and a range of billing options to suit your needs, including our individually bespoke retainer scheme.
In addition to high quality legal advice, we offer tailored training and seminar programmes which focus on the issues relevant to our clients.
Our employment law services
We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients’ organisations, so when we work together on any given matter, we'll rely on applying our legal knowledge with an understanding of the issues facing your sector.
- We have longstanding relationships advising and representing many national public sector organisations and local authorities across all of Scotland, from the Highlands and Islands, through the central belt and down to Dumfries and Galloway.
- We advise leading bodies in the third sector.
- Our portfolio of private sector employers ranges from billion dollar international listed corporations, to multi-national service providers who assist household names, to tech, sports, retail and family-owned business.
- We have considerable experience of helping clients with business transfers and TUPE, assisting clients in acquiring or disposing of businesses, advising on more than 60 in the past year alone.
- We advise the recruitment sector and are an Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) trusted partner.
Your work may require more than specialist employment law expertise, with data, governance, corporate or commercial issues often required alongside. You'll benefit from the knowledge contained across the departments within one of Scotland’s leading law firms, providing you joined up advice from specialist solicitors in other disciplines, when required.
We can add value to your organisation through our open approach to discussing your appreciation of risk, with a joined up approach to assessing how decisions will help or hinder you achieving your strategic objectives.
Our key services include:
- Adjusting for disabilities
- Business transfers, TUPE and outsourcing
- Change management:
- Workforce planning including growth
- Handling individual and large-scale redundancies
- Planning and implementing restructuring and reorganisation
- Contractual disputes
- Equal Pay
- Equalities and discrimination
- Family-friendly and rights to time-off
- Investigations, complex disciplinary and grievance issues
- Managing long-term and infrequent absences
- Managing the ACAS conciliation and negotiation process
- Obtaining and resisting interdict & damages claims
- Partnership issues, zero-hour contracts, structuring volunteer relationships and atypical workers
- Post-merger implementation
- Representation before the ET and EAT
- Resolving employee disputes
- Securing confidential information and intellectual property rights
- Tailored contracts and policies (including preparing consultancy agreements)
- Whistleblowing, health & safety
- Workplace mediation
Supporting people and organisational development:
- Bespoke briefing notes
- Focused seminars
- Regular blogging and legal updates
- Tailored training
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Employment law retainer package
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Harper Macleod LLP offer a high quality, comprehensive and cost effective tailored service, delivered by a dedicated team of employment solicitors who put our clients’ business needs and commercial interests at the heart of their support and advice.
Some benefits of our retainer package
- Preferred retainer rates
- Policy health checks and reviews
- New policies and procedures as the law develops
- Private training sessions
- Free telephone advice line
- Advice from specialist Solicitors
Training services for employers
We also offer bespoke training programmes for clients.
Our bespoke training programs allow HR, executives, managers and employees alike to upskill or refresh their understanding of a variety of areas of employment law and HR practice including:
- Recruitment pitfalls and getting it right
- Assessing evidence, weighing it up and making well-reasoned, robust decisions
- A fair workplace and the rules on pay, hours and holidays
- Compliance with and promotion of equal opportunities and discrimination law
- Managing and reducing absence and short or long term illnesses
- Disability discrimination problems
- Appeals – reviews, re-hearings, fairness and mitigating risk
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