The UK government recently announced a new Job Support Scheme, which will replace the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Furlough Scheme”) upon its expiration on October 31, 2020. The Furlough Scheme has been in place since March 2020 to help employers cover up to 80% of the wages for employees who would otherwise have been laid off, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
A UK employment tribunal has decisively expanded years of ambiguity surrounding the definition of “gender-reassignment” in the Equality Act to include non-binary gender identities.
In a major announcement on Thursday, July 9, the UK government outlined how the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will conclude. Also, the government has announced two new initiatives to prevent future unemployment and bring furloughed employees back to work.
As of June 15, 2020, non-essential retailers in the UK may reopen after months of being shut down. The government has published guidance for employers, employees, and self-employed persons on how to keep their workplaces “COVID-Secure.”
In an opinion issued on September 14, 2010, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) affirmed the principle of EU law that communications between in-house counsel and corporate employees are not protected by the legal professional privilege.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced yesterday that 652 businesses nationwide have been targeted for in-person inspection of I-9 employment verification forms. Upon initial notification of the inspection, targeted employers are given a very short time frame, as little as three days, to prepare for a meeting with federal officials in which the company's Form I-9 records will be reviewed. Some employers have already begun receiving these audit notices.