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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. ...

May
20
2021

Long working hours increase poor health outcomes for employees
#Employment

In modern employment terminology, the word ‘work’ is often associated with the word ‘life’ as companies and employees alike pursue the Holy Grail of work-life balance and work-life integration. However, a joint World Health Organisation/International Labour Organisation report released at the beginning of this week, suggests a strong relationship between the words ‘work’ and ‘death’!...

May
19
2021

Majority of employers not checking vaccine status
#Employment

A survey conducted by the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) found that 78% of employers had no plans to check employee’s vaccine status before returning to the workplace. ...

May
14
2021

Employers face possible challenges to the new self-isolation rules
#Employment

From this week, people in England identified by NHS Test and Trace as being in contact of someone testing positive for COVID-19 are now able to opt in to take part in a trial of daily lateral flow device testing as an alternative to self-isolation....

May
11
2021

Mental Health Awareness Week: Returning to the workplace
#Employment

Lockdown restrictions are set to be eased further on 17 May 2021, and many employers are beginning to welcome their employees back to the workplace. While it is understandable that employers will be focused on protecting their employees’ physical health, ensuring that its workplace is Covid-19 secure, consideration should also be given to how employers can safeguard their employees’ mental health. ...

May
05
2021

Fire and rehire - is it legal?
#Employment

Following a Commons debate on 27 April 2021, the Government are considering their response to an ACAS report on the use of a ‘fire and rehire’ approach by employers....

May
05
2021

Flexi-job apprenticeships consultation for employers
#Employment

The Government is consulting on how its proposed flexi-job apprenticeship schemes could be run, with input invited until 1 June 2021....

Apr
29
2021

COVID-19 committee recommends plan for hybrid working
#Employment

The House of Lords COVID-19 committee has acknowledged that hybrid working is here to stay. In the report Beyond Digital: Planning for a Hybrid World the COVID-19 committee acknowledged that hybrid working was always going to come at some point, but the pandemic has accelerated it. ...

Apr
28
2021

Employee holidays abroad during COVID
#Employment

With the summer months fast approaching and with the fatigue of more than a year of lockdowns weighing on us, many are hoping the second half of this year will provide ample opportunity to enjoy holidays abroad again. ...

Apr
21
2021

Football clubs - reputation and employee relations
#Employment

Within 48 hours of its announcement, all six of the English clubs involved in the proposed breakaway European Super League have withdrawn from the project as result of outspoken opposition pressure from their own supporters the public including their domestic target audience of TV subscribers and the UK Government. As only three clubs remain, it is clear that the project will not go ahead. ...

Apr
16
2021

Employee concerns on COVID-19 in workplace loses unfair dismissal
#Employment

As the ‘work from home if you can’ instruction is set to come to an end in June employers could face employees concerns about feeling safe in the working environment. In the case of Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Limited, a Claimant was dismissed after he text his manager to say he would not be returning to work until ‘Covid restrictions eased’ as he was worried about infecting his vulnerable children. ...

Apr
16
2021

Can an employer require employees to evidence their vaccine status?
#Employment

The Government continues to consider whether ‘Covid status certificates’ or ‘vaccine passports’ could be rolled out as part of the road map out of lockdown. Last week it was reported that steps were being taken to draw up a scheme. ...

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