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Employment

Employment

A Shot in the Arm for SSP

Insurer and employee benefit provider Unum has worked with WPI Economics to review and make recommendations for a revised system for supporting the well-being and health of the UK’s work force.

Employment

Monkeypox Business

With daily news of rising numbers of Monkey Pox infections, we assess the risk and suitable response for employers.

Employment

Mental Health Management Report on UK’s Top 100

We review CCLA’s comprehensive report on the extent and effectiveness of the FTSE 100’s strategies and initiatives with workplace mental health.

Employment

Fire and Re-Hire – Update

Following the mass outcry from the business community, politicians and unions over P&O Ferries’ recent treatment of over 800 employees, the Government department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) stated it would be introducing a new Statutory Code of Practice. 

Employment

WFH Salary Sacrifice

A law firm recently announced that staff who wished to work from home would be subject to a 20% reduction in pay. We explore the pros and cons of such a move.

Employment

Liberté, Égalité et Immunity?

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has recently ruled against a French security guard preventing him from bringing proceedings against his own government whilst employed in the UK.

Employment

P&O Ferries – Charting Stormy Seas

Weeks after the shock loss of 786 jobs, P&O’s dramatic approach to managing redundancy remains headline news. We look at the very latest position and outline the correct process

Employment

Annual Update to Statutory Pay Scales and Tribunal Awards

April 2022 – £££ All Change. The annual update of the statutory pay rates and awards.

Employment

The Work-Life Balance Sheet – Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)

With the cost of living rising at the fastest rate in living memory, it's highly likely money concerns will be front of mind for employees. From Brexit, food shortages and delivery issues to Covid and working lives turning upside down through to a fuel crisis and war in Europe. It’s one bitter cocktail of factors that’s sure to cause a financial headache for employers and employees alike.

Employment

The Reality of Virtual Work

Why we need to start thinking about employee actions and appearance in the Metaverse. With moves by Facebook, Google and Microsoft to “landgrab” digital space purpose built for a virtual World we explore the very real prospect of managing risks associated with the technology.

Employment

Spy Glass – Mr A Jones v Pilkington UK Ltd

Unfair dismissal case involving undercover surveillance and filming of an employee of Pilkington who was on sick leave.

Employment

Suspension Pending Investigation

We look at the “What, Why, When and How” of suspending an employee pending an investigation.

Employment

Putting an ESG in Place

An outline of the key steps to take in establishing your Environmental Social and Governance policy.

Employment

Platinum Party for All?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee introduces another bank holiday to the calendar. Question is, will your employees be entitled to take the day off on full pay?

Employment

Employment Law Changes for 2022

We look at what’s certain and what may happen in 2022.

Employment

Novax Call, In or Out?

The high-profile case of Tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic and the Australian Open is an example of the challenges facing many employers dealing with unvaccinated employees.

Employment

Fear of Contracting Covid Not a Philosophical Belief

With week after week of Coronavirus news, statistics, infection rates and deaths it’s not surprising that we’re a little wary of the prospect of catching or re-catching the virus. This exposure to the constant rounds of measures, vaccinations and further variants can also make employees very nervous when it comes to a return to the workplace, especially after long periods working from home.

Employment

Omicron

With the prospect of tighter controls to prevent the spread of the new, potent variant, what action should employers be taking?

Employment

A Rose by any other name

Lessons to be learnt from Yorkshire Cricket’s handling of race discrimination claims.

Employment

“Always on” vs the right to disconnect

With Portugal and Ireland introducing legislation and a code of practice preventing workers from being contacted “out of hours” by their employer is it time for the UK to address the work/life balance.

Employment

October 2021 Budget – Notes for Employers

We look at the key areas of the budget impacting employers.

Employment

The Great Resignation

The pandemic has created an acceleration of tenure trends and newfound ambitions for candidates seeking new opportunities but what of the impact on business?

Employment

The Menopause Matter

An ETA case highlighting the need to better understand the menopause and its impact on women working with debilitating symptoms.

Employment

Flexibility from Day One

The Government has announced plans to introduce legislation permitting a right for ALL employees, to request flexible working from day one of their engagement.

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