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Can there ever be anything even approaching equity in hybrid working?

The Mind the Gap report from Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety specialist WorkNest, which is based on a survey of over 490 employers and 1,000 employees, found that only around half (52%) of employers are confident that office-based and home-based employees will be treated evenly and fairly in the next 12 months.

Contributor: James Tamm, WorkNest | Published: 29 November 2021

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Return-to-Office Plans Largely on Course, but concerns over hybrid

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labour law practice representing management, has released its fourth annual European Employer Survey Report, completed by more than 530 human resources executives, in-house attorneys and business leaders based mainly across Western and Southern Europe. The survey data provides insight into the myriad forces transforming the European workplace and how employers are approaching return-to-office plans, new work models and other emergent workforce issues amid the continued uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contributor: Laura Jousselin, Littler partner in France. | Published: 21 November 2021

Government to announce that all NHS frontline staff must be vaccinated

Tomorrow marks the end of the consultation into mandatory vaccination and the government are set to announce that all front-line staff must be vaccinated unless exempt. The deadline is the 31st March 2022 meaning all employees must have had their first jab by the 6th of January.

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 10 November 2021

Can employees lose their job for the actions of relatives?

While employers can begin disciplinary proceedings against employees due to the actions of their relatives, dismissal is another story. For someone’s employment to be terminated there needs to a fair reason as to why, and being blamed for the actions of others is unlikely to be deemed as fair.

Contributor: Alan Price, CEO - BrightHR | Published: 22 October 2021

Government confirm carers leave as the newest employment right.

The Government has confirmed that unpaid carers will now be able to take up to one week of unpaid leave per year. To be eligible, employees must provide care for someone with a long term care need such as an illness or injury covered as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. Leave can be taken flexibly either in individual or half days, up to a block of one week. Employees who care for a dependent, as classed by employment law, will get this right from day one of employment.

Contributor: Kate Palmer, HR Advice and Consultancy Director - Peninsula | Published: 4 October 2021

Employers warned of potential discrimination claims when enforcing vaccination policies

While US workplaces can legally mandate vaccines for workers, and dismiss staff if they fail to comply, it is far from clear that UK employers can do the same. Further, UK businesses could face claims of unfair dismissal if they let staff go based on refusal of vaccinations.

Contributor: Julian Hoskins, Partner - Bevan Brittan LLP and member - Birmingham Law Society | Published: 5 September 2021

Should menopause be a protected characteristic?

MP Caroline Nokes, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, has said changing equality legislation to protect women going through the menopause should “not be ruled out”. The committee is leading an inquiry into discrimination on the issues.

Contributor: Kate Palmer - Peninsula UK | Published: 22 August 2021

Amendments tabled to Finance Bill to “curb or kill” umbrella companies

Amendments have been tabled to the Finance Bill by David Davis MP and supported by Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP and Andrew Rosindell MP, to address and stop the malpractice that is rife amongst unregulated umbrella companies.  These amendments come in the wake of widespread reporting across the mainstream press calling for umbrella regulation, in particular in reaction to the File on 4 programme relating to “Mini Umbrella Companies” that it is estimated costs the Treasury £1 billion per year in lost tax revenue.

Contributor: Dave Chaplin, CEO - ContractorCalculator | Published: 22 May 2021