There is still uncertainty when an employer can require a furloughed employee to take annual leave, despite the recent government guidance ‘Holiday entitlement and pay during Coronavirus (COVID-19)’.
The government has published its 60-page strategy ‘Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’ for a phased re-opening of the economy through June and July in the face of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
The new guidance ‘Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency’ strongly encourages parties to contracts that are materially affected by COVID-19 to ‘act responsibly and fairly in the national interest in performing and enforcing their contracts’ by following its recommendations.
A new Acas guidance ‘Disciplinary and grievance procedures during the coronavirus pandemic’ sets out recommendations and best practice for employers to follow when handling disciplinary and/or grievance issues during the coronavirus pandemic, to reduce possible legal challenges from employees.
The government has announced that it is to press ahead with its new points-based immigration system from January 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The EHRC has issued guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employers’ on equality and discrimination issues during the coronavirus pandemic, to help employers avoid inadvertently breaching anti-discrimination laws.