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Part Year workers holiday not pro-rated

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel which considered the holiday entitlement of those workers who are on permanent contracts but only work for part of the year (part year workers). The claimant was a part-time music teacher who worked variable number of hours during … Continue reading

Philosophical and religious beliefs: Balancing the issues

Two recent employment cases regarding “gender critical” beliefs have highlighted the difficulties in this area and whether such beliefs are capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010. Religion or belief is one of the nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.  The Act prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – Work from Anywhere: Leadership Challenges – Transforming Workplace -#17

This is the 17th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In our earlier article, we explored why employees’ expectations of their leaders have changed and why organisations need to upgrade leaders’ skills and behaviours.   In this paper we now examine ow organisations can upskill their leaders to meet the specific leadership challenges arising from ‘work … Continue reading

Calling a man “bald” can amount to harassment related to sex

The Employment Tribunal (ET) has found that an employee that was called “a bald ****” by a fellow male colleague was harassed based on his sex. The Claimant presented a number of other claims against the Respondent, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, victimisation and health and safety detriments; however, this post focuses on the Claimant’s … Continue reading

The High Potential Individual visa is now live

As of 30 May 2022, a new immigration route into the UK is now available via the “High Potential Individual” (HPI) visa. This route is aimed at attracting highly skilled foreign graduates who have obtained an eligible university degree within the last 5 years, with the intention to grow the UK as a leading international … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – Work from Anywhere: The end of the office? – Transforming Workplace – #16

This is the 16th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In our previous paper, we discussed how to make ‘work from anywhere’ work better.  In this paper we now examine whether the day of the office, as we know it, has ended Work from Anywhere:  The end of the office? – Transforming Workplace – #16 This … Continue reading

Global Employment Law- Work From Anywhere: Make it work better – Transforming Workplace -#15

This is the 15th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In this paper we examine how ‘work from anywhere’ can be made to work better. Work From Anywhere: Make it work better -Transforming Workplace – #15 This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming … Continue reading

UK Pensions: Use of reasonable [en]force[ment] – unnerving for those on the receiving end?

Speaking to banking colleagues recently about what the Pensions Regulator’s stronger powers mean for them reminded me just how much turns on the Regulator’s view of what is reasonable. There has been a great deal of discussion about the wide range of circumstances in which the Regulator could use its various powers (what the Regulator … Continue reading

The Employment proposals in the Queen’s Speech: Absence of the Employment Bill

On 10 May at the State Opening of Parliament, the legislative intention of the Government for the next parliamentary session was set out in the Queen’s Speech.  Despite the speech containing proposals for 38 new laws, the long awaited Employment Bill was omitted. The Employment  Bill, which was first proposed in 2019, was intended to … Continue reading

UK: New guidance for employers on living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

On April 1st, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued guidance for employers on living safely and reducing the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19 to replace the previous ‘Working Safely Guidance’ after the relaxing of COVID-19 measures in the UK. The guidance outlines ways employers can aim to reduce the spread of respiratory … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – The Decline (and Fall?) of the Five-Day Workweek – Transforming Workplace -#14

In our previous article in the Transforming Workplace series we outlined the benefits of short-term “work from anywhere”.  In this article, we focus on the advantages of introducing flexible hours and days. The Decline (and Fall?) of the Five-Day Workweek   This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work From Anywhere: Short Term – Transforming Workplace -#13

In our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series we examined the challenges of “work from anywhere”.  In this article, we consider the best options for introducing “work from anywhere” on a short-term basis in your organisation. Work from Anywhere: Short-Term This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

UK Pensions: Is nature next on the governance agenda for pension schemes?

As many trustees begin to finally get to grips with the requirement to align their management and reporting of climate-related risks and opportunities with the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, they may have to find a little bit more room on the governance agenda. Speaking at the PLSA ESG Conference 2022, the Co-Chair … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work From Anywhere: Benefits & Challenges – Transforming Workplace -#12

In our previous article in the Transforming Workplace series we examined the hybrid model of work.  In this article we discuss the benefits and challenges of “work from anywhere”, including on a hybrid work mode. Work From Anywhere:  Benefits & Challenges This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Hybrid model – Transforming Workplace -#11

Our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series discussed some of the important issues relating to the worldwide trend of working from anywhere.   In this article we examine the hybrid workplace, where employees combine some level of “work from anywhere” with some time attending their worksite. Work from anywhere: Hybrid model This article is part … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Does it suit everyone?- Transforming Workplace – #10

We considered the growth in the number of employees ‘working from anywhere’ in our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series.  In this article we focus on suitability – does “work from anywhere” suit all jobs, all countries, and all employees? Work from anywhere:  Does it suit everyone? This article is part of our Transforming … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Does location matter? – Transforming Workplace – #9

Our previous article in  our Transforming Workplace series noted that “work from home” becomes “work from anywhere” when employees home to a more remote location further away from their pre-pandemic worksite.  This article looks at some of the issues the change in location can have ifworkers “work from anywhere”. Work from anywhere:  Does location matter? … Continue reading

Global Employment Law : Work from home becomes work from anywhere – Transforming Workplace -#8

This article in our Transforming Workplace series is the first in a series examining employees “working from anywhere” – an important issue facing organisations worldwide. Work from home becomes work from anywhere This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming workplace can be … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Leadership Reimagined -Transforming Workplace – #7

In the previous article in our series “Transforming Workplace”  we considered the challenges to the employer’s organisational culture that will result from changed employee expectations and from modernising your Employee Value Proposition.   In this article we look at how these enhancements to your organisational culture will challenge the capability and style of your leadership team. … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: How the Gig Economy is reshaping labour markets

On 24 March 2022, Maartje Govaert, Global Head of Employment and Labour, joined the panel for the JP Morgan virtual Global ESG Conference, discussing “How the Gig Economy is reshaping labour markets: Exploring ESG Risks and Opportunities”. Below is a summary of some of the points raised by Maartje in the discussion. What is the … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Organisational Culture Reimagined – Transforming Workplace #6

In the series of Transforming Workplace articles we have explored some significant changes to the external and internal environments in which an organisation operates.  In this article we look at how modernising your Employee Value Proposition will present challenges to your organisational culture. Organisational Culture Reimagined  This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Update and Modernise Your Employee Value Proposition Transforming Workplace #5

Asking your employees what they want and need (see our previous Transforming Workplace paper) is a vital part of updating your organisation’s Employee Value Proposition (EVP).  In this article we explain more about your EVP. Update and Modernise Your Employee Value Proposition. This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: What do your employees want and need? Transforming Workplace #4

During the pandemic, employees rethought their relationship with work.  Employees now seek roles that offer competitive remuneration with other benefits including flexibility, health, well-being and work-life balance.  Read more on this in our next article in the Transforming Workplace series. What do your employees want and need? This article is part of our Transforming Workplace … Continue reading
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