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Keeping up to date

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Executive People Update

Posted on: June 17th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

As part of keeping you in our focus during the coronavirus pandemic, our executive people update ensures you’re on top of the latest changes in legislation, case and employment law trends. Click here for more information about how we can support you to manage the latest changes.

Tribunal fees

According to The Times, the Ministry of Justice has asked the Law Commission to provide its recommendations for “a coherent system for charging and updating fees in the future”.

This is a welcome sign for many employers. Watch this space for more details.

Furlough fraud 

By the end of May, HMRC had received almost 1,900 reports of fraudulent use of the Job Retention Scheme. They’re now assessing the reports to determine actions and next steps. The figures are not broken down into specifics, however it’s likely those reported have been asking employees to carry out work while furloughed or furloughing employees without telling them.

An HMRC spokesperson has stated that if you’ve made a genuine mistake, they want to work with you to put it right. So if at any point you suspect you’ve made a mistake within your claim, it’s best to approach HMRC immediately to resolve the issue.

Face covering fines 

You’ll have no doubt seen in the news that wearing a face mask or face covering is now compulsory on public transport. Anyone not doing so can be refused aboard, and issued with a £100 fine. The rules only apply while on board public transport (not while waiting), however stations are encouraging people to use face coverings at all times.

You should make sure all employees required to travel to work via public transport are aware of these new rules, and have access to a suitable face covering allowing them to avoid potential fines or being unable to travel to work. The government have provided guidance on how you can make your own face covering at home.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (17 June 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.