The Easing of the Lockdown – Employer’s Duties to Employees

With the pandemic still raging, the current advice remains for employees to work from home where possible. Where this is not possible some workplaces are beginning to re-open. Every employer has a duty of care towards its employees.  Arising from this general duty of care the employer will be required to undertake a risk assessment […]

Furlough Leave Extended

 Furlough leave extended When the Job Retention Scheme (furlough leave) came in, it was nothing short of a saviour for firms and employees up and down the country. Approximately 7.5 million workers and 1 million businesses have benefited from the scheme’s protection. The HMRC portal for recovery has been open since 20 April to make […]

Meredith Hurst Quoted in Accountancy Daily

Meredith Hurst, partner in the employment department of specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield, wrote an article for Accountancy Daily, news website of the Accountancy magazine, a monthly UK magazine for accountants. Meredith talks about Canary Wharf’s plans to reopen the Docklands complex for “business as usual”. He explains what this means for employers and staff […]

Neill Thomas Quoted in Personnel Today

Neill Thomas, partner at Thomas Mansfield, was quoted in Personnel Today on the news that the management of the technology company Dyson had to deal with a furious reaction from the staff following a request to return to the workplace at short notice. Neill reminded employers that employees have a range of legal protections from […]

Strategies For a Return To Work: Phased Transition To a Different Type of Normality

There seems to be a broad consensus that more widespread remote working is here to stay, and that large-floorplate hot-desking offices in expensive city hubs may not be as desirable as they once were. Jes Staley, chief executive of Barclays, is on record as saying that large offices for banks “may be a thing of the past”. […]

British Airways Furloughs Staff

“Julie Goodway, employment lawyer at Thomas Mansfield, was quoted in Personnel Today and Kent Online following the news that British Airways was preparing to furlough 80% of its workforce. Appreciating that this was a difficult time for employees, Julie suggested that it might be better for the BA staff to take this as the other […]

Coronavirus: Information for Employees (1 April 2020)

Coronavirus: Legal Update for Employers (18 March 2020)

COVID-19/Coronavirus Briefing Note As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, and the UK moves from the containment to the delay stage, employers are presented with several challenges affecting individuals and business operations. We look at some of the key areas affecting businesses over the coming weeks. a) Reducing staff hours. Rarely will an employer have the […]