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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.

Employment

Playing the Long Game

New research indicates Long Covid is far more prevalent than we had estimated. What are the implications and how should employers respond?

Employment

The Final Furlough

We look at two recent tribunal cases that highlight the potential risks faced for businesses in making furlough related decisions.

Employment

Will it Pay to Stay Remote?

With high profile employers stating workers who opt to work from home could see reduced pay, we look at the reality, practicality and legality of such decision making in the UK.

Employment

Universal Credit

The Government plans to remove the £20 per week uplift for those receiving universal credit from October. We investigate the impact of the removal of this covid-19 related benefit bonus, which affects 2.3m in work.

Employment

Mentoring on the Rise

Changes in working patterns due to Covid-19 led to a significant increase in mental health and wellbeing issues. Increasingly employers are looking to engage a variety of initiatives to support their staff as working from home continues. One very effective option is to introduce or broaden mentoring programmes. We look at the subject in greater detail, what exactly is mentoring and how can it help your organisation?

Employment

Co-ping with Covid Cons

Dozens of workers at the Nissan plant in Sunderland used fake screenshots to take time off work. As a prompt we look at the approach to take when you doubt the validity of sickness absence.

Employment

Farewell, Furlough – Are Your Plans in Place?

The Government’s furlough scheme is set to end 30th September so we thought it might be a good time to look at the implications, options and why we believe planning now, if not already undertaken is essential for employers.

Employment

Sweet Injustice

Unfair dismissal finding for Nestle worker sacked over “a bit of banter” – we unwrap the lessons for employers form this case.

Employment

Calling it Out! A lesson for employers

Multi grand slam winning tennis professional and World number two, Naomi Osaka, hit the headlines due to her open admission of her struggles with depression and anxiety. Her unfortunate withdrawal from Roland Garros a warning for employers to engage effectively in such circumstances.

Employment

Stormy Response to Use of Umbrellas

In a world that is seeing an increasing use of temporary workers those organisations created to herd and provide a level of support and security to contractors are benefitting, but not necessarily by ethical and appropriate means. A recent Guardian investigation highlighted the results of the operational pros and cons of Umbrella Companies and the results were quite shocking.

Employment

Unfair Dismissal – Employee Fighting Cancer Sacked and Awarded £2.5m

David Barrow is a hugely experienced Project Management Executive and during a long successful career at Texas based engineering company KBR, risen to the level of Director albeit his more recent promotions caused the trigger for what proved the end of his tenure.

Employment

For a ha’porth of tar the ship was lost or penny wise pound foolish

How many of you recruit someone for £30,000 - £50,000 or more. You go through first and second interviews, maybe you pay a recruitment agent.  You have proper “on boarding” processes as they are now called. But then what do you rely upon?

Employment

Gig Economy, Uber-Hero to Uber-Villain?

The recent ruling handed down by the UK Supreme Court, Uber vs Aslam, has already created a tsunami of “like” claims. Unsurprisingly fellow gig workers engaged by Uber since 2015 are now coming forward to recover compensation for minimum wage and holiday pay.

Employment

Annual Employment Law Changes

As usual we provide here below the key updates and figures that take effect next month.

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