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.
Legal Alert - June 2020
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New guidance: Government guidance leaves uncertainty over when furloughed employees can be forced to take annual leave while off work
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)’.
New guidance: Government guidance urges businesses to take account of COVID-19 when considering their contractual rights and obligations
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.
New guidance: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) issues guidance on equality and discrimination issues during 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.