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How to manage reopening the workplace

To counteract the spread of COVID-19, the UK government initialised country-wide lockdown in March 2020, which will be subject to review going forward. In short, the UK lockdown will eventually come to an end and it is important that you plan for a return to normal that helps to better protect the safety of your staff.

Changes to Contracts of Employment

Changes to the statutory scheme are due to take effect from 6 April 2020. These include extending the right to receive a statement to all workers, increasing the mandatory information and making this a day-one right.

Cadent Gas Ltd v Singh

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that managers who disrupt normal proceedings by ‘meddling’ in them can lead to organisations facing successful unfair dismissal claims.

Changes to Contract of Employment

Changes to the statutory scheme are due to take effect from 6 April 2020. These include extending the right to receive a statement to all workers, increasing the mandatory information and making this a day-one right.

New Year HR update

What employment law changes to expect in 2020. Also recent case law rules that managers who disrupt normal proceedings by 'meddilng' in them can lead to organisations facing unfair dismissal claims

Page v NHS Trust Development Authority

Employment Appeal Tribunal – June 2019 

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a director’s removal, after giving high-profile interviews on his religious opinion, was not religious discrimination.

Mart v Assessment Services Inc

Employment Appeal Tribunal – May 2019 

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the side effects from the treatment of a visual impairment did not need to be considered when assessing the employee’s disability.

June HR Update

Balancing work and family commitments, BAME employees being asked to use more 'western' sounding names at work and the nurse who was fairly dismissed after discussing religion with patients

iForce Ltd v Wood - Disability discrimination

Employment Appeal Tribunal – March 2019 

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled in this case that there was no causal connection between an employee’s mistaken belief and her disability in order to prove discrimination arising from a disability, although this may not always be the case.

Preparing your workplace for Ramadan

Last Sunday (5 May 2019) signified the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims often commit to a period of fasting during daylight hours. Here are some tips for organisations, unfamiliar with the practice, to help them support their staff during this time:

April HR Update

Whether it’s the right to a day off, double pay, or time off in lieu there are a number of common misconceptions when it comes to bank holiday working. As we approach the Easter weekend, let’s get some things ironed out.

Also, latest employment tribunal statistics and case law - automatic unfair dismissal.

March Update

Just a few weeks before April's statutory changes, Asda's ongoing equal pay dispute and burden of proof in a discrimination claim

Managing Long Term Sickness Absence

Handling long-term sickness absence is a delicate matter for a business: the illness may be serious, it may involve surgery and recovery time, or it could be a mental health problem. Managing such issues requires a sympathetic approach but you may also find yourself in the situation where you suspect an illness is being deliberately drawn out to delay a return to work.

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January Update

What is coming up in 2019, the government's 'Good Work Plan' and the latest in the Uber employment status case

Uber v Aslam - Employment status

Court of Appeal – December 2018 

The Court of Appeal (CA) has dismissed Uber’s appeal against the employment tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) decision that drivers engaged by Uber were not self-employed contractors, but fell squarely within the legal definition of ‘worker’ under the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.

Time to review your HR policies and procedures

It’s the start of a New Year, and moving on from reflecting on your business challenges in 2018, it’s time to review with renewed passion and zest the Challenges facing your business and what you need to achieve in 2019.
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