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‘ARC ANGLE’ – JANUARY 2022

A roundup of our latest news, legal updates, industry trends and corporate social responsibility from Arc Legal Assistance:

Self-assessment 2022: Tax doesn’t have to be taxing… but it might be more complicated

It’s self-assessment season again, and despite the well-worn adage, “tax doesn’t have to be taxing”, this year it might well be more complicated. Richard Finan, Director of Strategic Development, updates on the self-assessment tax deadline and Government sabbatical and the benefits of Tax Protection. Read more.

Darren’s Daz Pardon’s 2022 charity challenges

Darren Pardon from NewLaw Solicitors has set himself a mammoth task for his 2022 charity challenges which we are pleased to support again this year, raising much needed funds for the Spinal Injuries Association. Visit Darren’s Just Giving page to find out more or donate to help the SIA Continue their great work.

Can I pay my employees lower rates of sick pay if they are unvaccinated?

Joanne Moseley from our panel solicitors Irwin Mitchell explores the rights and responsibilities of employers in relation to sick pay. Read more.

You can’t make me: The challenges of returning to office-based working

The Government’s ‘Plan B’ measures come to an end this week, and from 27th January we’re no longer legally required to wear masks on public transport and in shops or produce vaccine certificates for certain indoor venues. Crucially for workers, it means that working from home is now subject to employers’ discretion, rather than a legal requirement. Michael Jenkins, Head of Legal Advice, examines the challenges facing UK business as we return to the office. Read more.

Hitting reset in 2021: Legal Expenses claims trends

After the turbulence of 2020, last year saw Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) claims stabilise in many areas.  For the first in a new series of quarterly claims trend updates, Rebecca Conway, Chief Legal Officer, reviews the state of the legal claims landscape over the past year. Read more.

Jab or jump? Navigating mandatory vaccinations

Just before Christmas a well-publicised move by FM Global to begin termination processes against staff who refuse to get vaccinated or refuse to show proof of vaccination to the employer, hit the headlines.  Mike Jenkins, Head of Legal Advice, considers the challenges following global insurer terminating employees who refuse to get vaccinated. Read more.

Forging ahead in 2022: Further development and significant wins on the horizon

Looking ahead to the next twelve months, Frank O’Malley, Chief Executive, is pleased to report that we will not be resting on our laurels. We have a few exciting developments and announcements planned for 2022. Read more.

Will the UK be saying “Ola” to Working Time Regulations any time soon?

As yet another European country introduces rules around contacting employees outside of office hours, we revisit our recent blog, considering whether the UK might be set to follow. Read more.

Arc Legal ‘Step into the New Year’ as part of our wellbeing programme

We will be walking, running, and cycling throughout January to boost our daily step count for a healthier 2022.

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