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More employees likely to face pay cuts as furlough scheme makes taking a salary reduction socially acceptable
Partner Katie Maguire comments that thousands more UK workers could face pay cuts because the Furlough Scheme has made it more ‘socially acceptable’ for employers to ask staff to take a permanent salary reduction.
Summer Statement 2020: Employment Programmes
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced his 3 point plan to get millions of people back to work: 1) to support people to find jobs, 2) to create jobs, and 3) to protect jobs. In this article, we focus on the employment programmes that were announced.
Testing of employees for COVID-19
From 29 April 2020, the eligibility criteria for who can be tested for COVID-19 have been expanded.
A message to our clients regarding Coronavirus/Covid 19
We are confident that our Business Continuity Plans will enable us to maintain our high level of service quality for clients.
Off-Payroll Working: How to take “reasonable care” when making a status determination
One of the key aspects of the new off payroll working rules is the obligation on the client to determine the status of a contractor providing services through an intermediary.
Devonshires cements its commitment to the North with Leeds office expansion
We are pleased to announce that our Leeds office has moved to larger premises in the city to accommodate planned expansion.
“If it walks like a duck…” The impact of new Off-Payroll Working Rules
In April 2020, a new regime replacing IR35 will come into effect for medium and large private sector organisations.
How to carry out a disciplinary investigation
Employers must appoint the right investigating officer, approach suspension with caution and gather as much evidence as possible, advises Jane Bowen
Five legal developments for employees and employers in 2020
In this article, we identify the five important developments of 2020 HR and Employment law, and how these are likely to affect both workers and employers rights.
Ethical vegan tribunal could open floodgates for other beliefs
In this article, Katie Maguire considers how this ruling could lead to similar cases, and the other "philosophical" beliefs that could follow
Pension perils and pension possibilities in 2020
It may form the last page of the publication, but pensions once again features in the Sector Risk Profile released by the Regulator of Social Housing late last year.
Seven trainees join, six trainees move up and six trainees qualify
Devonshires have seen another successful year for its trainee solicitor programme - offering newly qualified roles to 100% of our 2017 trainee intake and welcoming seven new trainees!