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Oct
18
2021

Menopause matters: How businesses can tackle the taboo
#Employment

Research from the CIPD suggests that menopause in the workplace remains mismanaged and shrouded in silence, despite impacting an increasing number of employees. The NHS states that the average age for menopause transition in the UK is 51. ...

Oct
11
2021

Is your tech discriminatory?
#Employment #Data Protection

Employers are increasingly reliant on technology to assist with all kinds of functions – from strengthening security to streamlining recruitment processes. ...

Oct
07
2021

Mental Health in an unequal world
#Employment

Sunday 10 October 2021 marks World Mental Health Day, with this year’s official theme announced by the World Federation for Mental Health as “Mental Health in an Unequal World”....

Oct
01
2021

The human rights of the hybrid worker
#Employment

Workers at IKEA’s distribution centre in Peterborough may well be horrified to learn this week that their employer has just removed hidden surveillance cameras installed in the male and female toilets some six years ago. ...

Sep
29
2021

Making flexible working the default
#Employment

The Government has recently announced a consultation on flexible working, the Making flexible working the default consultation takes place from the Governments Good Work Plan which was published in July 2019...

Sep
23
2021

Happiness at work
#Employment

We spend approximately 90,000 hours of our lives at work. The only thing we spend more time doing than working, is sleeping....

Sep
21
2021

Gender pay gap reporting due this October
#Employment

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, employers were given a six month extension for publishing their gender pay gap information for 2020/2021. The Government confirmed enforcement action for failing to report (or providing inaccurate information) would be suspended until 5 October 2021, meaning employers have until 4 October 2021 to publish their information. This date is fast approaching and so employers need to ensure they are ready. ...

Sep
17
2021

ICO publishes enforcement notice after SAR failure
#Employment #Data Protection

Subject Access Requests (SARs) are on the rise as more and more data is collected for social, personal and work purposes. In particular, we have noticed a significant increase within the context of employment and/or workplace disputes. ...

Sep
09
2021

Rejection of flexible working request cost employer £184,000
#Employment

The pandemic has seen employees re-evaluate their working habits and some may try to change their working terms and conditions e.g., working one day less a week, changing their hours and/or place of work. Employees will need to seek approval from their employers. ...

Sep
08
2021

Proposed redundancy figures at seven-year low as furlough scheme winds down
#Employment #Brexit

Speculators predicted a surge in redundancies this autumn as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end on the 30th September. However, this surge doesn’t appear to be forthcoming. ...

Sep
02
2021

Discrimination during recruitment
#Employment

There were 835,000 job vacancies recorded by the Office of National Statistics between May and July 2021 and, this is good news as it shows the economy is recovering from the pandemic. However, organisations must review their recruitment procedures to ensure they are compliant with anti-discrimination laws....

Aug
26
2021

Can a dismissal be fair without an appeal hearing? 
#Employment

Employees with two year’s continuous service have the right not to be unfairly dismissed (and no length of services is required in cases of ‘automatically unfair’ dismissals). But can a dismissal be deemed fair with an appeal hearing? ...

Aug
18
2021

Personal data transfers to the US – help on the way?
#Employment #Data Protection

Many organisations have been struggling with a GDPR grey area since the Schrems II litigation....

Aug
18
2021

Preparing for the end of furlough
#Employment

The furlough scheme has entered its final two months. The scheme has cost an estimated £64 billion and supported around 11.6 million jobs since its inception on 20 March 2020. At its peak in January of this year, it is estimated that some 5.1 million workers were on the furlough scheme. ...

Aug
18
2021

New duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment
#Employment

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been against the law for decades, but the UK Government has confirmed it will take steps to introduce a new legal duty in this area ’when parliamentary time allows’. ...

Aug
13
2021

Can homeworkers be paid less?
#Employment

Employees are now gradually returning to the office, following months of being ordered to work from home. In doing so, a debate has started over whether those who remain at home should be paid the same as their commuting colleagues. ...

Aug
11
2021

Ocado offers work from abroad remotely: Employment law implications
#Employment

Online grocer Ocado have announced that they will be allowing staff to work remotely from any overseas location of choice for one month each year. This bid comes as employers start to re-think their ways of working and how these may change post pandemic. ...

Aug
05
2021

Will offering unlimited holiday work for my business?
#Employment

Employment agency Reed has reported a 20% increase in the number of new positions offering unlimited annual leave as part of the benefits packages. Along with flexible working, it seems to be incentive employers are keen to explore and use as they compete to recruit the best talent from a pandemic weary workforce that values well-being and work-life balance....

Jul
29
2021

Deborah Scales comments on employees and foreign holidays this summer
#Press #Employment

Clarkslegal Employment Associate, Deborah Scales, comments in The Sun on whether employers can stop employees taking foreign holidays....

Jul
29
2021

Vaccination status: an employer’s guide to some knotty issues
#Employment

So called 'Freedom Day' was justified by the government in part because of the huge success of the vaccine roll-out in England. How much reliance can employers put on vaccination status when planning a safe return to the physical workplace?...

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