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Labour & Employment UK Webinar Programme Spring 2021: Key Employment Law Developments in 2021 and Beyond

Region: Europe
23 February 2021

A recording of the webinar and presentation materials are available online.

Our Employment Law Update Webinar will focus on what we see as the most significant employment law issues for employers in 2021 and beyond.

Join us to find out what should be on your “to do” list over the next 12 months and what changes you may need to make to your contracts of employment and consultancy agreements, as well as your practices and procedures.

At this webinar, we will cover key developments, including:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – With the CJRS currently due to expire on 30 April, we consider the key issues that employers should be considering now to enable them to respond to the economic challenges ahead, including possible redundancies and changes to terms and conditions of employment.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations – We discuss the key questions that employers are likely to have about the vaccine and the implications for the workplace.
    Returning to work – The government is due to announce its strategy for the “gradual and phased” easing of lockdown in the week beginning 22 February. We discuss the steps employers should be taking to prepare for the eventual lifting of restrictions.
  • IR35 – Delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new IR35 rules are now due to come into force from 6 April. These changes will affect you if you engage contractors who supply their services through their own personal service company. Find out what you must do before April to ensure you are compliant.
  • Restrictive covenants – In December 2020, the government issued a consultation on measures to reform post-termination non-compete clauses in employment contracts. Possible changes include requiring employers to pay employees compensation for the duration of any non-competition restriction. We discuss the proposals, the likely chances of their becoming law and the key issues for employers to consider when seeking to restrain competitive activities post-employment.
  • Brexit – We take a brief look at the implications of the Brexit trade deal for employment law. We also highlight recent changes from an immigration perspective.
  • 2021 and Beyond – Further legislative changes are expected in the next 12 – 18 months, including a new Employment Bill that will introduce a variety of new rights for employees, including greater redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents. We are also still expecting legislation that will place new obligations on employers relating to sexual harassment in the workplace and restrictions on the use of confidentiality clauses in contracts of employment and settlement agreements. Find out what these changes may mean for you. Other key themes for 2021 and beyond include mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement.

The main webinar presentation will last 50 minutes, followed by a 10-minute online question and answer session.

This webinar will be of particular interest to HR professionals and in-house counsel.

If you would like to attend, or have colleagues who would, please register any interested parties using the "Register" button above.

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