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Are demotions an alternative to redundancies in a post-Covid workplace?

Lauren Hannath

Posted by Lauren Hannath | Solicitor
On 15th January 2021

During a restructure an employer may offer to demote an employee as an alternative to a dismissal for reason of redundancy. Depending on the circumstances, a demotion may be beneficial to both parties. A demotion generally involves an employer changing an employee’s role which results in less responsibility, reduced seniority and/or reduced pay. However, it is crucial that employers tread carefully if they choose to take such action and ensure they act lawfully when making any such contractual changes.

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Returning to work with a vulnerable household – should employees consider associative discrimination?

Natalie Wellock

Posted by Natalie Wellock | Solicitor
On 12th November 2020

The government’s recent announcement to extend the furlough scheme through to March 2021 may offer a temporary reprieve for some, but whilst the risk of coronavirus remains, the issue of being asked to return to work will continue to weigh heavily on the minds of many, especially those who care for or live with someone who is vulnerable.

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Extension of the Furlough Scheme to 31 March 2021

Natalie Wellock

Posted by Natalie Wellock | Solicitor
On 6th November 2020

On 31 October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as the ‘furlough scheme’ was due to end and be replaced from 1 November with the less generous Job Support Scheme. Following an eleventh-hour announcement that the government intended to enforce a second lockdown in England, which began on 5 November 2020 and is anticipated to continue until 2 December 2020 the government announced that the furlough scheme would be extended.

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