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What are the statutory rates and compensation limits for 2021?

National Minimum Wage
Age Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage) 8.72 8.91
Workers aged 21 – 24 8.20 8.36
Development rates for workers aged 18 – 20 6.45 6.56
Young workers rate for workers aged 16 – 17 4.55 4.62
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in their first year of the apprenticeship 4.15 4.30
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Key employment cases regarding coronavirus and Supreme Court decisions

Despite the success of the vaccine programme, the impact of the pandemic on businesses will continue for some time.  For example, when the furlough scheme ends in the autumn, it is expected that the number of employment tribunal claims will rise and case law will take even longer to filter through to policies and practice.

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The Future of Hybrid Working – 7 Steps employers should take to move towards hybrid working

The official government message encouraging people to work from home is expected to end with the final step out of lockdown. For many employees though, homeworking is here to stay. According to a recent BBC survey, 43 of 50 big UK employers will not bring staff back to the office full time. Instead, employees will mix homeworking and coming into the office.

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Hybrid working – 10 tips to make it a success in your organisation

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly been a turning point in our approach to flexible working and overall, it seems to have been a success debunking the myths that employees couldn’t be trusted to work from home.

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Refresher on family-friendly rights and the implications of Covid-19

While the predicted lockdown baby boom has not materialised and the birth rate is similar to 2020 (down just 0.5%), family caring responsibilities have been more evident in the last year as home-schooling affected many families and some children even made an appearance in professional video-calls.

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Our top 10 favourite holiday destinations visited over the last 10 years

Lockdown easing has begun this month at last and UK holidays are back on.  Whilst this is music to our ears, the big question on everyone’s mind here at SCE is whether foreign travel will be allowed this year.  We love our travel jaunts and we’re itching to get back as soon as it’s safe. 

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Employee, worker or self-employed? Comparing status and rights

The statutory definitions of the three categories of employment status have long been criticised as being unclear, and over the years a body of case law interpreting these definitions has grown up. Despite this, it remains difficult to set out a definitive list of criteria to allow employers or employees to determine whether an individual’s status is that of employee, worker or self-employed.

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The top 10 landmark employment law changes over the past 10 years

We’re continuing our theme of top 10s to celebrate our 10 years in business.  This time we’ve come up with a top 10 of notable employment law changes.  As we all know, employment law is constantly changing and when we looked back, we found that there have been some quite ‘iconic’ changes in recent years.   

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New rules for IR35 and off-payroll working from 6 April

After postponements in 2019 and 2020, the 6 April 2021 is the third date scheduled for the off-payroll working rules to be extended to the private sector. The purpose of the change is to increase compliance with tax rules known as IR35. This change has implications for:

  • medium and large private sector organisations using contractors and freelancers;
  • contractors and freelancers who provide their services through an intermediary, such as a personal services company; and
  • agencies supplying contractors who provide their services through an intermediary.
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