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Being the Respondent that has to pay the second largest disability discrimination award ever made by the Employment Tribunal was probably not the sort of publicity Kellog Brown and Root (UK) Ltd were aiming for. Background The Claimant in the case of ...
Mental health issues are nothing new, but the pandemic and its various knock on effects has seen a surge in people experiencing challenges with their mental health wellbeing. But this remains an area that some employers find tricky to recognise, address and...
The Home Office faced backlash from employers and industry bodies for announcing an end to virtual right to work checks from 17 May. This was despite the rule still being that employers must allow employees to work from home where they can do so effectively,...
There’s a growing trend of doing things differently, and it’s extending to employers’ approach to their employment practices. Honest Burgers have a down to earth tone running through their marketing and social media presence – think...
The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - The (not so) Grand Finale (S6, E7) So there it was, the episode we’d all been waiting for, and how was it? The views in my household were: ...
Addison Lee - the London-based private hire cab and courier company - could soon be paying out to thousands of their drivers with each being entitled to around £10,000 in compensation.
The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - the one with the best quote (S6, E6) It was the penultimate episode, containing a record-breaking 29-minute AC-12 interview and what might...
The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - Who shot who? (S6, E5) The tension continues to build as this week sees Fleming carrying a gun for protection against Pilkington – even...
The M&S legend that is ‘Colin the caterpillar’ hit the headlines yesterday - not for its delicious chocolatey face or to debate its status as a ‘national treasure’ - but because M&S believe Aldi’s copycat version ‘Cuthbert’ is a blatant infringement on its trademark.
Simon Tovey in our Employment team has come up with a comprehensive list of questions all employers should ask before introducing a vaccine mandate. It's a long read but well worth it if you're considering requiring your employees to have the COVID vaccine, taking into account risks to be aware of and consider in advance.
The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - I knew it! (S6, E4) My favourite episode so far, mainly because it confirmed so many of my suspicions I’m thinking of starting a private...
The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty. Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog - What a crime series can teach us about birds, as well as HR (S6, E3) Well, we didn’t have to wait long for the Pilkington storyline to...
The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty.
A few years ago Chloe wrote a very popular blog series reviewing The Apprentice episodes - a light-hearted roundup from a HR and employment law perspective. She's back but this time with the ever popular Line Of Duty series. At best you claim watching the show and reading her series as CPD - at worst it'll be a complete spoiler if you haven't already watched the episode.
With restrictions easing bit by bit over the coming months, there are plenty of employers who will be looking to get their people back to the workplace as soon as they can.
The government’s plan is to modernise our immigration system to help the UK attract and retain the most highly skilled, globally mobile talent – particularly in academia, science, research and technology.
What does it mean for employers if vaccines become mandatory by law? A leaked government paper suggests that care home workers, and potentially frontline healthcare workers, will be legally required to have the COVID jab
A look back through the history books at the influential women in law and the laws passed that changed history for women in the workplace.
We answer some frequently asked questions about how to suspend an employee and what disciplinary process to follow.
On 19 February 2021 the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Uber's final appeal, finding that Uber drivers are considered to be workers. The case centred around the vexed question of employment status.
Deimantas Kubilius worked for his employer, Kent Foods Limited (‘Kent Foods’), as a Class 1 Driver from 25 July 2016 until his dismissal without notice on 25 June 2020. On 21 May 2020 Mr Kubilius had been making a delivery at Tate and...
Discrimination and harassment cases cost time, money, and reputation, not to mention the impact it can have on the victim. Setting aside some time to reflect on the subject of the statutory defence now, and whether there is more that could be done in your organisation (and acting on it if so) could be time well spent.
The importance of employee engagement can’t be overstated – employee engagement strategies have been proven to reduce staff turnover, improve productivity and efficiency, retain customers at a higher rate, and make more profit.
Now that the Brexit transition period has ended, many employers have been asking what they should do about right to work checks for EU nationals.
With the COVID vaccination programme underway and the government encouraging those who are symptom free to get tested every 2 weeks, employers are considering how far they can go in requiring employees to get vaccinated and tested.
Those employers who already hold a sponsor licence will have received notification that the online Sponsor Management System was updated with effect from 1 December 2020.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing for women that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age but menopause is not just an issue for women: it’s an organisational issue.
As we approach the end of what has been a truly one of a kind year (we hope!) here’s a reminder of what to look out for in the employment law world in 2021.
Performance management and employee engagement have traditionally been two separate facets of HR's role. But, in order to get the most from their people, organisations should look at aligning the two.
The Government has confirmed that it is going ahead with major changes to the duty on large employers to publish an annual modern slavery statement.
Forget what we told you last month about government support: the new Job Support Scheme never happened. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known to most as the ‘furlough scheme’, is back
Last night (10 November), the government published updated guidance notes dealing with how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ( CJRS ) will work between 1 November and 31 March, when it is due to end. They are available here. Who is this opinion...
Speaking in the Commons on 5 November, Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to the end of March 2021.
One of the employment side effects of the COVID pandemic is back logs of annual leave – whether because employees have been on furlough, working so much they couldn’t take holiday, or cancelling it because they couldn’t travel.
With winter fast approaching, government support schemes changing and the ‘R’ rate ever fluctuating, we take a look at the latest position on self-isolation and sick pay.
Employers know that the Equality Act sets out the minimum standards required of employers, to prevent and protect individuals from race discrimination in the workplace. But making a difference takes more than doing the bare minimum.
What do you do if you’re faced with an employee who is struggling with their mental health? From time to time we all need help dealing with issues that might seem too much to cope with – whether they’re personal or professional. ...
The government has announced that from 1 November, for 6 months, a new Job Support Scheme will step in to protect jobs in businesses which face lower demand over winter due to COVID-19.
The new immigration system will apply from 1 January 2021, when free movement of EU nationals to the UK will end.
A new scheme has been launched to support young workers called the ‘Kickstart scheme’. It’s aim is to encourage employers to create 6 month placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.
Since our last piece about home-working becoming the new norm, we’ve been inundated with questions about employers’ obligations to their employees who are working from home.
On 26 March 2020, the Government introduced a temporary change to the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). New guidance released on 13 May 2020 further details the changes and clarifies the position on carrying over annual leave.
Before starting a redundancy process, it’s important to consider how you can reduce costs in other ways. This article covers some suggestions to consider you may consider to reduce costs in alternative ways.
Redundancies can be a tough and emotional process for everyone involved and that includes employees who remain working for your company.
With flexible furlough starting this month, calculating payroll claims will be more complicated and your payroll team will need to start payroll early.
As employers look to the long-term viability of their businesses, we are seeing more employers implement collective redundancy consultation processes.
Our employment lawyers answer your questions about the changes to the furlough scheme, including how flexible furlough will work.
The government has published its latest guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how the "flexible furlough" scheme will work from 1 July 2020. Darren Stevens, our Head of Employment summarises the key changes.
Deadline to take advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – 10 June Last month The Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out details to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) also known as the ‘furlough scheme’ and...
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) on Friday 29 May 2020. Summary of key changes From 1 August employers will have to cover National Insurance...
In the event of a widespread coronavirus outbreak in the UK, employers will need to think through how they’ll respond to some difficult employee related issues within the broader context of business continuity planning. This Q&A identifies some...