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More restrictions lifted in Scotland and Wales & Bank Holiday Leave Entitlements

Ahead of the two bank holidays coming up, MTA Partner Croner, have put together a new flyer to remind your members that we can help them to manage and understand employees’ leave and entitlements.

Please also see below their industry briefing with the latest employment law developments. 

From Monday 26th April 2021, a number of businesses are able to reopen for the first time in months as lockdown restrictions are eased further:

  • In Scotland, outdoor hospitality can reopen subject to local licensing laws. Indoor hospitality can also resume, however serving alcohol is not permitted and indoor trading must stop at 8pm.
  • Non-essential retail can reopen fully, as can gyms and swimming pools for individual exercise. 
  • Those who were previously advised to shield can now return to work if they cannot work from home.
  • In Wales, hospitality can also reopen for outdoor service, however indoor service is still not permitted.
  • Outdoor attractions including swimming pools and funfairs can open. 
  • Shielding was already paused in Wales, and England, from 1 April 2021.
  • More employers who have previously furloughed staff under the Job Retention Scheme in order to retain them through lockdown, despite having no work for them, will now consider asking staff to return to work.
  • Furloughed staff should be provided with ‘reasonable notice’, of their return, or the notice outlined in the original furlough agreement.
  • Part-time return through flexible furlough also remains an option if employers are currently not able to bring staff back full-time.
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