Business Leader teamed up with two eminent employment lawyers to talk about the furlough scheme and the future of work.

Julian Hemming and Anna Elliott from international law firm Osborne Clarke covered a number of topics, which can be seen in the video below.

Watch the full discussion here:

Here is what we covered in our discussion:

  • Osborne Clarke introduction (1:19)
  • Can you give your insight into the furlough scheme as there is an argument that it is artificially delaying inevitable unemployment? (2:44)
  • If somebody is in a job – but furloughed – and on a lower wage and they have opportunity to take a new job on a higher wage but don’t want to leave their original job as they’d like to do it when normality resumes, what would be your advice to them? (6:32)
  • Many companies are – or are thinking about – returning to work. What are going to be the challenges that leaders need to consider? Also, how do you successfully get people back to work who have been working remotely? (8:51)
  • How does a company regain its culture after a prolonged period of remoting working? (12:35)
  • Do you believe that many companies will follow the Twitter example and allow their staff to work at home forever? (15:26)
  • For companies needing to make staff redundant, is there anything the need to consider due to the current unique climate? (18:07)
  • On the topic of wider employment law now also and the reduced threshold for something called ‘employee consultation’, which is something that has slipped under the radar. Can you talk more about this? (20:44)
  • How is the UK comparing to other countries in its approach to handling COVID-19? (25:15)

Here’s some more information about our guests from Osborne Clarke:

Julian Hemming

Julian Hemming, Partner at Osborne Clarke.

Julian co-chairs Osborne Clarke’s international employment law group and is a member of our India Group. He regularly advises on international outsourcing deals; the movement of senior employees internationally; and employee relations issues including European Works Councils.

Julian has been practising law for nearly 30 years and has given practical advice on a very wide range of people issues across a broad range of industry sectors to clients all around the world. He joined Osborne Clarke as a Partner in 1997 and serves on the Executive Board of the firm.

Anna Elliott

Anna Elliott, Partner, Osborne Clarke

Anna is a Partner in Osborne Clarke’s employment practice and is based in their Bristol office. Anna recently joined Osborne Clarke from a leading international firm where she worked for most of her career, qualifying into the employment team in London in 2002 and subsequently starting the employment team in Sydney where she is also qualified and became a Partner.

With over 14 years’ experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, Anna has particular expertise in advising businesses on post-termination restraints, discrimination and harassment issues, restructures and redundancies, employment disputes and employment aspects of corporate transactions.