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Face coverings and the workplace: guidance from the UK

At the end of August there were reports of a ‘debacle’ on a flight from the Greek island of Zante to Cardiff, which resulted in 193 passengers and crew facing two weeks' self-isolation. The incident prompts several questions, not just for airlines but for employers generally about their responsibilities regarding face coverings. What health and safety obligations do employers have towards employees and visitors? How do they enforce wearing face coverings if people refuse? And how should they protect employees from abusive customers or visitors? Ganzen Artikel lesen


Flexible working post Covid-19 in the UK: sea change or nothing new?

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown caused millions to work from home for the first time, an experience likely to cause a surge in requests for flexible working arrangements once most employees are asked to return to the workplace. This article considers the legal position and the practicalities for employers in dealing with flexible working requests. Ganzen Artikel lesen


What COVID-19 immigration arrangements apply in the UK beyond 31 July 2020?

In a last-minute update on 29 July 2020, the UK Home Office pivoted towards a return to business as usual on immigration policy. Some significant concessions remain available until at least 31 August 2020, however there are a number of potential pitfalls for employers and individuals to be aware of. The Home Office’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents contains a range of policy changes, some of which require further...

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Payback time? Covid-19 pay-related queries that may arise in the UK

As the furlough scheme starts to wind down and redundancies become more commonplace, employers in the UK may face a host of pay-related queries, grievances or claims from employees arising from the workplace upheaval caused by coronavirus. This article discusses some of the main issues concerning pay that employees could raise. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Restructuring the workplace post Covid-19: FAQs for employers in the UK

This article tackles key questions for employers around restructuring as they start to contemplate the end of subsidised furlough in the UK. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may have been extended to 31 October 2020, but employers should be thinking now about what their workforce might look like following the end of subsidised furlough and a return to more normal working patterns. We set out below our answers to key questions about options for restructuring...

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Brexit: what are the consequences for employers?

On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU following ratification of the withdrawal agreement. Now begins a transitional period, lasting until 31 December 2020, during which European Union law continues to apply. This period can be extended once for a maximum of one to two years, but the extension must be accepted by common agreement before 31 July 2020 and the British Government appears to have excluded this possibility for the moment. Ganzen Artikel lesen


No-Deal Brexit – Update: Residence and labour market access for UK citizens in Germany

With the re-election of a conservative majority in the UK Parliament, UK citizens - and their em-ployers - continue to face the question to which extent they will be allowed to reside and work in Germany after a "No-Deal Brexit”, i.e. after a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without an agree-ment regulating the legal modalities of the withdrawal, on the new Brexit date on 31 January 2020.
Without such a “Brexit agreement”, the UK becomes a third country in relation to EU member states, including Germany, on Brexit date. Therefore, UK citizens who were previously able to en-ter, live and work in Germany and other EU Member States as EU citizens under the rules of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) without a residence permit would, at once, no longer be covered by these treaties on 31st January 2020 (or any later date Brexit may be postponed to). Therefore, the third-country nationals’ immi-gration regime becomes applicable to UK citizens entering, residing and working in Germany.
In order to ease the transition, German and EU legislators have already passed and planned various regulations for the case of a "No-Deal Brexit". These rules give UK nationals (and their family mem-bers) some privileges over other third-country nationals and are summarised below.
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UK – employment rights in a no-deal Brexit

What might a ‘no-deal’ Brexit mean for UK employment rights? What could employers do now to prepare? And what might the future hold in a no-deal scenario? With new Prime Minister Boris Johnson clear that he would be prepared to leave the EU without a deal if necessary and current legislation committing the UK to leaving the EU at 23:00 on 31 October, this article revisits the employment law implications of a no-deal Brexit.  Ganzen Artikel lesen