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Jul
29
2021

Incorrect IR35 decisions cost DWP £87.9m
#Employment

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has been billed a staggering £87.9 million by HMRC for failing to correctly determine the tax status of its contractors. ...

Jul
23
2021

Critical workers exempt from the pingdemic
#Employment

The Government have released a list of 16 ‘critical’ sectors in which workers who are fully vaccinated will not need to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace or notified by the NHS app. ...

Jul
23
2021

Sexual harassment in the workplace: proposed changes to employer’s duties
#Employment

The Government has published its consultation response on workplace sexual harassment and harassment by third parties.  The consultation was undertaken in response to the #metoo movement, which revealed that many people (mainly women) experienced sexual harassment at work despite this having been unlawful for decades. ...

Jul
22
2021

Government COVID-19 vaccination guidance for employers
#Employment

The UK Government has made it clear that the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic is through vaccinations. As of the date of this article, 2/3 of the UK population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19....

Jul
15
2021

Rising to the management challenge of today
#Employment #Brexit

From the 19th July, the Government has decided that all legal restrictions, which have underpinned England’s public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, will lapse. ...

Jul
08
2021

Tesco workers in equal pay case receive boost from European Court
#Employment

A few months on from the landmark Supreme Court decision in the Asda equal pay claim, workers at Tesco have received a favorable judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in their own equal pay case. ...

Jul
06
2021

Developing junior talent in a hybrid work environment
#Employment

Over the course of the last couple of months, more organisations have decided that there will be no return to the pre-covid, place-based working environment. Some of these have declared for full remote working, but the majority appear to be considering a hybrid work environment, combining remote and place-based work in a number of different ways....

Jun
30
2021

Hybrid-working and disabled workers
#Employment

Many employers are currently grappling with how to implement hybrid-working. How does the duty to make reasonable adjustments fit into this new landscape? ...

Jun
24
2021

Beating Burnout: How to build a resilient workforce
#Employment

Staff at dating App giant Bumble have been offered paid time off to tackle collective burnout in the organisation. This follows a similar move by LinkedIn who also offered its employees a week off in April this year, following a survey which revealed burnout amongst staff....

Jun
24
2021

Employment law liability of RPOs - The Global Recruiter
#Press #Employment

Clarkslegal Employment Solicitor Sebastian Reyes publishes in The Global Recruiter Magazine on the employment law liability of recruitment outsource processing (RPO)....

Jun
21
2021

Changes to Furlough next month as scheme gradually comes to an end
#Employment

As of next month, the furlough scheme which at its peak in May 2020 supported 8.9 million employments, will be winding down. ...

Jun
18
2021

Recovery from the pandemic: the agenda is building forward better
#Press #Employment

For over 20 years, Clarkslegal has been an integral part of the UK delegation to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations agency which sets international labour standards and monitors compliance with them....

Jun
15
2021

BrewDog – preventing a toxic workplace culture
#Employment

Scottish brewer and pub-chain BrewDog has received a scathing open letter from former employees alleging there was a toxic work culture at the company, where staff were fearful of speaking out about concerns. The open letter from former staff members complained of a culture which gave weight to sexist and misogynistic brewers, of having genuine safety concerns and being pressured into working beyond their capacity, of fearing their mistakes could get them fired and of those in positions of power feeling enabled to act in a toxic manner. ...

Jun
11
2021

Caution of asserting offensive beliefs in the workplace
#Employment

Workers philosophical beliefs are protected but can amount to discrimination or harassment in the workplace for asserting beliefs that are considered offensive. ...

Jun
10
2021

Employee resistance against back to office working
#Employment

The past year has seen a significant increase in the amount of homeworking taking place. Before the pandemic, around 5% of those in employment worked from home, whereas during the pandemic this number increased to around 43% of workers. ...

Jun
09
2021

Top 5 tips for welcoming staff back to the office
#Employment

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in July 2020, 86% of individual’s working remotely, were doing so due to COVID-19. With businesses now welcoming staff back to the office, it is a prudent time to reflect on some positive working practices adopted in the last 15 months that can continue to benefit your business moving forward. ...

Jun
03
2021

Dismissing employees for industrial action is unfair
#Employment

As pandemic-related government support for businesses starts to taper from the end of this month and with flexible furlough due to end altogether at the end of September, employers in some sectors will face difficult decisions impacting their workforce, including possible restructures and redundancies. ...

Jun
02
2021

Dealing with long Covid and the return to work
#Employment

While the Government grapples with easing of lockdown restrictions, employers are continuing with their preparations to welcome employees (at least partially) back to the workplace....

May
27
2021

Whistleblowing and protected disclosures
#Employment

Whistleblowers are in the headlines following the Dyson report into the Panorama interview in 1995 with the Diana, Princess of Wales. Lord Dyson found that Martin Bashir had acted deceitfully in the way he obtained the interview with the Princess of Wales. ...

May
27
2021

Fire and rehire– what is it?
#Employment

Fire and rehire involves terminating an employee’s existing employment contract and offering to rehire them on new terms, usually as a last resort, where an employer cannot make the proposed changes using existing powers in the employee’s contract and the employee has not given their agreement to the changes. ...

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