No Fault Divorce Bill delayed until April 2022

Ministers announced on 7th June 2021 that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame (“no fault” divorce), will come into force on 6th April 2022. The bill was originally due to come into force in October 2021 but the delay will allow time for the necessary […]

Compensation limits in the Employment Tribunal increase on 6 April 2021

Compensation limits for redundancy and unfair dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal are usually reviewed annually and increased in line with inflation. The next increase will take place on 6th April 2021. This will mean that redundancies become more expensive for employers and unfair dismissal claims could cost more to defend. New Compensation Limits The […]

Furlough Scheme changes announced in the Budget

In his Budget on 3 March 2021, Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended and changing again, for what is likely to be the last time. Furlough ends on 30 September The end date for the furlough scheme has been pushed back from 30 April to 30 September 2021, at […]

Government to introduce Leasehold Reforms

The UK Government has long faced calls to reform leasehold laws. The increasingly common cases of spiralling ground rents, high service charges and other onerous lease terms prompted a consultation process by the Law Commission that started in 2017 and ended with a final report in July 2020. The Government have taken the Law Commission’s […]

UK National Minimum Wage Rates for 2021

From 1 April 2021, the rates are changing for National Minimum Wage and all other statutory payments. These are outlined in more detail below. National Minimum Wage The National Minimum Wage hourly rates will increase as follows: Age 23 and above £8.91 (up from £8.72) Age 21 – 22 £8.36 (up from £8.20) Age 18 […]

UPDATE: Important changes to the Government Furlough Scheme

The Government has published their updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Whilst the majority of the scheme remains the same as when the furlough scheme was first announced, there are some important changes to the scheme as follows: Any eligible employee can be furloughed regardless of whether they have been furloughed previously. […]