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Half of UK dads experience discrimination accepting parental Leave

Pay and leave must be shared in the first year after the child is born or placed with the family. Shared parental leave can be taken in blocks separated by periods of work, or all in one go. Parents can also choose to be off work together or to stagger the leave and pay.

Contributor: Emma O’Leary | Published: 8 August 2019

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Legal profession urged to hold up mirror that reflects society

Sharing a platform with Dame Laura Cox, the former High Court judge and Christina Blacklaws, president of the Law Society, Coleman urged delegates to recognise that "consumers don't just need or want legal information, they want access to quality advice from a profession that reflects the society it serves."

Contributor: Jemima Coleman | Published: 7 July 2019

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UK should adopt EU whistleblower legislation

Protect, who advise whistleblowers on how to safely raise whistleblowing concerns, wants the government to keep its promise that workers won’t be affected negatively whatever happens with Brexit, and strengthen the protection of UK whistleblowers especially those currently not protected if they speak out on public interest concerns.

Contributor: Cathy James | Published: 15 May 2019

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Supreme Court to test whether thousands of City employment contracts are void

“The case could also open up the possibility that if employers cannot get employees to sign revised contracts, then they may be forced to fire and rehire them on new terms. However, this could leave employers exposed to unfair dismissal claims and trigger ‘good leaver’ status for employees.”

Contributor: Ivor Adair | Published: 21 January 2019

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Immigration white paper won’t help skills shortage if there’s no deal Brexit

While a no deal would mean no transitional period for EU workers to transfer to pre-settled status. It would also result in a likelihood that companies would immediately be required to hold a sponsor licence, which can take up to four months to secure and thereafter issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to their employees.

Contributor: Karendeep Kaur | Published: 31 December 2018

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Landmark decision on meaning of “unfavourable treatment” 

In Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme and Swansea University the Supreme Court has provided useful confirmation on the meaning of "unfavourable treatment" under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 ("the Act"). The appeal on behalf of the University and the Trustees of its pension scheme was defended.

Contributor: Matthew Smith | Published: 29 December 2018

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Will new code of conduct on sexual harassment be helpful?

Sexual harassment has been outlawed in the workplace since 1975 when the Sex Discrimination Act was first introduced. It was refined by the Equality Act in 2010. It might have been expected that employers and employees ought to know what was expected in the workplace.

Contributor: David Scott | Published: 27 December 2018

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Rising concerns about employee behaviour at Christmas celebrations

Nearly all employers are planning a workplace Christmas celebration, but only one in three has a policy to ensure good conduct at Christmas events, according to research. A survey of 262 employers across all sectors of the economy carried out by XpertHR, found that almost all (98.1 percent) are planning a workplace Christmas celebration in 2018.

Contributor: Sheila Attwood | Published: 18 December 2018