With the news that Hospitality venues can begin to reopen their doors on 12 April 2021, we thought it was the right time to let you in on some of Bhayani Law’s top tips and points to consider when planning the grand reopening and to help operators reopen safely and legally.
Did you know that before 31 March 2021, any employers whose business is registered in England and whose employees do not work from home can register for free lateral flow tests regardless of whether they are showing symptoms?
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Do you have employees currently earning the national minimum wage?
Have you revised your employee’s hourly rates to take into account the annual increase of the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage from 06 April 2021? And remembered that from this date, the applicable age range has been lowered from 25 to 23 where the national living wage is concerned?
Are you aware of the IR35 regulations that are coming into force across the private sector in April 2021?
All public sector and all medium and large-sized private sector clients will be responsible for deciding if the rules apply. By client, we mean you as an organisation if you have a worker or a contractor providing their services to you through a limited company or another type of intermediary. These rules make sure that workers who would have been an employee if they were providing their services directly pay broadly the same tax and NI contributions as employees.
Does your organisation have more than 250 employees on a yearly average?
If yes, you must again comply with gender pay reporting and report your employee’s gender pay gap information by 04 April 2021.
Are you intending to keep your employees on ‘furlough’ past 30 June 2021?
Remember if you are, you need to revise your plans and be aware that from 01 July 2021, employers are expected to contribute 10% towards the cost of unworked hours, increasing to 20% in August and September 2021.
Are you Health and Safety Compliant and ready for the new rules and social distancing measures?
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the hospitality and tourism sectors around the globe, forcing widespread closures and strict requirements on trade due to the risk of infection and even death for some vulnerable segments of the community. As we have seen the sector reopen, it is being asked that they comply with all relevant risk assessments and safety measures to protect both their staff and the members of the public.
The above information is just a snapshot of the common questions we are getting asked at the moment, by both our clients from the British Institute of Innkeeping and our Watertight clients. Please see below for information on one of our current Watertight Clients.
We have recently started working with The Garden City Inns Limited T/A The Royal George, which is a public house and bar company, owning 2 pubs in the southern region.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with The Garden City Inns thus far and to watch them grow.
As the last lockdown struck, John Jones, the Director looks to embark on a new business adventure by purchasing The Royal George Pub in Hersham.
Preparing for the third stage of the roadmap out of lockdown on 12 April 2021, the Royal George has converted its car park, into an outdoor sitting area for all guests to come and enjoy their food and drink.
We love working so closely with The Garden City Inns, providing advice tailored to their needs and we cannot wait to see them grow. It has been all systems go for the past couple of months, our help so far has involved, assisting with the TUPE process, company law, and agreement in the setup of the business and we now support all aspects of people management via our fixed fee service, Watertight HR & Legal.
Find out more about Garden City Inns Limited and the Royal George Pub here.
For more on our Watertight package see here.