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Dec
02
2021

Vaccination status in the workplace
#Employment

On Saturday 27 November 2021, it was announced that the UK will bring in new measures to protect against COVID-19 following the detection of the Omicron variant. This also comes after other European countries impose further lockdowns and restrictions as the winter wave of COVID-19 continues to worsen....

Nov
30
2021

Your guide to work Christmas Parties
#Employment

With the Christmas festive season approaching fast, we answer five key questions to help you host celebrations that are happy and healthy....

Nov
18
2021

Portugal’s ‘right to rest’ laws put workplace health and wellbeing first
#Employment

The pandemic has brought the topic of health and wellbeing to the forefront, not least in the employment sphere. With an overnight move for many from office to homeworking, there was an increased focus on mental resilience, loneliness, and the blurred lines between work and rest, and between work and home life. Across the country, many employees suddenly had the opportunity to experience both the perks of working away from the office, as well as the detriments. ...

Nov
11
2021

Can employers refuse remote flexible working requests post-pandemic?
#Employment

It’s inevitable that many employers will now find themselves facing an increasing number of flexible working requests from employees who have been able to work remotely from home in recent months and wish to continue to do so in some form.  ...

Nov
11
2021

Mandatory vaccines for frontline NHS staff and care home workers
#Employment

In the UK, it is not mandatory to have the COVID-19 vaccination for the general population. However, from 11 November 2021, individuals working in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home for adults in England will need to provide proof that they have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine......

Nov
05
2021

Data Protection Round-up: Data privacy and Online Safety Bill
#Employment #Data Protection

Employers with longstanding employees are likely to have changed record/filing systems over the employee’s length of service. Outside of the tribunal context, the increasing use of data subject access requests is leading to unwanted exposure of employers’ record keeping habits....

Nov
04
2021

Preventing burnout: How to protect employee wellbeing during Covid-19
#Employment

In the months that have followed the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and the return to the workplace, the impact of the pandemic on employees’ mental health has started to show....

Oct
29
2021

Staff refusing to return to work because of Covid-19 fears?
#Employment

If an employee or worker is dismissed because they leave or refuse to return to a workplace that they reasonably believe is dangerous they may have a claim for automatically unfairly dismissal. That means they do not need the usual two years’ service to submit a claim to the employment tribunal....

Oct
22
2021

The childcare burden: How employers and tribunals can take notice
#Employment

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are now looking at bringing their work force back to the workplace and contemplating different flexible working patterns. In doing so, it is paramount that employers are carefully considering and monitoring any such flexible working patterns to ensure that women are not disproportionally affected which may result in indirect discrimination claims. ...

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....

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