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Mark Fellows is an employment solicitor in St Albans and London who advises both employers and employees on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Mark has a strong interest in employment litigation. Mark heads the Sherrards Solicitors’ Employment law team. He has many years of experience of advocacy in Employment Tribunals, advocating at full hearings in relation to claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination, deductions from wages, breach of contract, TUPE and claims brought under the Working Time Regulations. Mark leads seminars on employment law, and provides in-house training to clients. Mark is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Back to School, Back to Work, Back to Normality?

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough scheme to you and me) coming to an end on 30th September 2021 (*as it stands…Rishi, any update?), the vaccination program in full flow, the children happily returning to school (absent the dreaded ‘bubbles’) and staff going back to work, you would be forgiven for thinking that …

Back to School, Back to Work, Back to Normality?

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Two Jabs – Protect you from the Virus and the Job Centre?

As the rapid rollout of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccine provides hope of returning to normality, preparations are being made for staff to return to the workplace. Unsurprisingly the vaccine has divided opinion, with a survey by HR Locker suggesting that one quarter of UK employers are intending to introduce a ‘No Jab, No Job’ policy …

Two Jabs – Protect you from the Virus and the Job Centre?

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IR35 – May the force be with you

“IR35” – it could almost be mistaken for a character from the latest Star Wars film, and whilst IR35 is not a new concept, it will be hitting the private sector in 2021*. If your business currently engages consultants or contractors operating as part of a personal service company, this is a premiere that you …

IR35 – May the force be with you

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The ‘F’ Word: A note on Furlough from Mark Fellows.

A business contact of mine recently posed the question what name they should give to a hamster they had recently purchased. Without any hesitation, I suggested ‘Furlough’. As an employment lawyer, this tells you what word is at the forefront of my mind. I think I have used the word ‘furlough’ more times this year …

The ‘F’ Word: A note on Furlough from Mark Fellows.

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The Job Retention Scheme extended until December 2020.

The Government’s u-turn in respect of a national lockdown may have come as unwelcome news but for some it has come with the welcome side effect that the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (aka the Furlough scheme) has been extended until December. The Government’s Job retention scheme (Furlough) was due to end on 31 October …

The Job Retention Scheme extended until December 2020.

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How the furlough scheme is changing

What is clear from the Government’s latest announcement is that from August 2020 they will be asking employers to start to share the burden of paying furloughed employees on a staggered basis. What this means in practice is: Up until the end of the July 2020: The Government will continue to pay 80% of wages …

How the furlough scheme is changing

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