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Category Archives: Employment

Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses yesterday’s news that employers can put self-isolating staff on furlough.

It has been reported that a little known provision of the government’s job retention (furlough) scheme has come to light in recent days. It can be used by employers to cover payments for employees who are self-isolating. This means that employers can furlough self-isolating staff and claim (the normal) 80% of that employees salary from... Read the rest of this entry →

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As lockdown eases and return to the office is on the horizon, Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – asks: To what extent can employers force staff to have the Covid Vaccine?

As the UK government has successfully rolled out its vaccination policy with the age of invites in some locations now being down to 40 years, and willing participants having been vaccinated at least once with many also having received a second vaccine, many employers will be looking to ensure that employees can return to a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss acts for EFS on Austin Wilkinson & Sons Ltd acquisition

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for Burnley-based EFS Global Ltd on its acquisition of Atherton-based Austin Wilkinson for an undisclosed sum. Austin Wilkinson provides haulage, freight forwarding and logistics services – both in the UK and across Europe. EFS Global is one of the North West’s largest freight forwarding and haulage groups. It now has... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – shares the latest Employment Law updates and news including the Furlough Scheme, Shielding, and changes to the IR35 rules

Furlough Guidance Update There was certainly a sigh of relief for many businesses and their employees when the Government confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was to be extended until 30th September 2021. However, again, like we saw last year, the current terms whereby the Government pays a contribution of 80% (up to £2,500.00)... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss acts in sale of 06 Ormskirk Ltd to the Chorley Group

Davis Blank Furniss has acted for the vendors of 06 Ormskirk Ltd in its sale to the Chorley Group, which included 06 Vauxhall Ormskirk and 06 Mitsubishi Skelmersdale, for an undisclosed sum. The two businesses will become part of the Chorley Group, which currently comprises nine franchises and 250 employees, and will trade as Chorley... Read the rest of this entry →

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Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial & Employment Solicitor – discusses today’s UK supreme court ruling that Uber drivers are workers.

The UK supreme court has today (19th February 2021) dismissed Uber’s appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that stated its drivers should be classed as workers and receive paid holidays and the minimum wage. The unanimous decision backed the October 2016 employment tribunal ruling that could affect millions of workers in the gig economy (which... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss acts for Crawfords LLP in deal with RPG Chartered Accountants

Royce Peeling Green Chartered Accountants (RPG) and Crawfords Chartered Accountants have signed a deal through which Crawfords will join RPG. The deal will complete on Wednesday 31st March 2021 and the new firm will be known as Royce Peeling Green incorporating Crawfords. Davis Blank Furniss’ business and employment teams advised Crawfords LLP and its owners... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss partners with The Growth Company and Citizens Advice Manchester to provide free advice to GM workers hit hardest by the pandemic

Davis Blank Furniss has partnered with The Growth Company and Citizens Advice Manchester to ensure that Greater Manchester’s workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic can access free legal advice. During this period of uncertainty, many people across Greater Manchester are worried about their employment, from their employment rights, redundancy, pay cuts, to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Flexible Furlough) until March 2021

The government has today announced that due to the new national restrictions it is extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which will now run to the end of March 2021. The aim, Mr Sunak says, is to give “certainty” to businesses in any lockdown including those in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Tier 3 English... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – discusses the extension of the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant

The Prime Minister confirmed in the House of Commons that the SEISS will now be calculated on 80% of average trading profits, rather than 40% for the month of November.  Therefore, the increased calculation will mean that Grant 3 will be calculated cumulatively on 55% of trading profits for the months of November, December and... Read the rest of this entry →

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