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Tous les salariés en arrêt maladie ont droit aux congés payés : le revirement de jurisprudence

Par trois décisions rendues le 13 septembre 2023, la Cour de Cassation a pris une position inédite et opéré un revirement de jurisprudence concernant les règles applicables aux congés payés des salariés en arrêt maladie. Ainsi, la Cour de Cassation a considéré dans ces décisions que tous les salariés en arrêt maladie, que l’origine de … Continue reading

Arbeitsrecht 2024: Was ändert sich?

Das deutsche Arbeitsrecht bringt im Jahr 2024 zahlreiche Neuerungen und geplante Änderungen, die Personalverantwortliche kennen sollten. Neuerungen Zum 1. Januar 2024 wurden die Rechengrößen in der Sozialversicherung turnusgemäß an die Einkommensentwicklung angepasst. Die aktuellen Rechengrößen finden sie hier. Der gesetzliche Mindestlohn wurde auf € 12,41 angehoben. Die Jahresverdienstgrenze für Minijobber liegt 2024 bei € 6.456 (€ 538/Monat). Arbeitsunfähige Arbeitnehmer … Continue reading

Preparing for new employment laws in 2024: an HR checklist

This year is set to be a busy one for employers and, in particular, HR professionals, with a number of new employment laws and developments coming into force throughout 2024.  This includes new rules on holiday leave and pay and the application of TUPE, changes to flexible working and increased protection from redundancy and sexual … Continue reading

German Whistleblower Protection Act: Transition period ends

The German Whistleblower Protection Act (Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz) obliges employers to set up an internal reporting channel for information on legal violations. The transition period for implementing the obligation ends on 17 December 2023. As a result, small and medium-sized companies with 50 or more employees must also by this time have a corresponding reporting system in … Continue reading

Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz: Ende der Übergangsfrist

Das deutsche Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz verpflichtet Arbeitgeber, einen internen Meldeweg für Hinweise auf Rechtsverstöße einzurichten. Die Übergangsfrist für vollständige Umsetzung der Verpflichtung endet am 17. Dezember 2023. Damit müssen auch kleine und mittlere Unternehmen mit 50 oder mehr Beschäftigten bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt ein entsprechendes Meldesystem eingerichtet haben. Andernfalls drohen empfindliche Bußgelder. Die arbeitsrechtlichen Auswirkungen, die Arbeitgeber … Continue reading

Can an employee bring new proceedings relying on the same protected disclosures after signing a COT3 Agreement?

In Ajaz v Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an employment judge erred in concluding that rule 52 of the Tribunal Rules 2013 prevented the claimant from raising new whistleblowing detriment claims after earlier detriment claims that were based on the same protected disclosures were dismissed following withdrawal … Continue reading

Governments response on Retained EU Employment Law

On 8 November 2023 the UK government published its response to its May 2023 consultation paper on “Retained EU Employment Law” (the Response).  This covered three areas: (i) record keeping requirements under the Working Time Regulations (WTR 1998); (ii) simplifying annual leave and holiday pay calculations in the WTR 1998; and (iii) consultation requirements under … Continue reading

Life tips for the walking dead – An update on extension applications for zombie agreements

This article was co-authored by Jonathan McMillan and Terry Stavrianos. In our previous article, we explored the introduction of sunsetting provisions for what are commonly referred to as ‘zombie agreements’.  Broadly, zombie agreements are workplace agreements made before the commencement of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and during the transitional period immediately … Continue reading

Reform of rehabilitation periods for criminal record checks

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) applies to deem certain previous criminal convictions “spent” where the individual does not re-offend during a certain specified period from the date of conviction – the rehabilitation period. Convictions which are deemed “spent” are not disclosable including to employers except where an exemption applies which is usually due … Continue reading

Removal of the bankers’ bonus cap

With effect from 31 October 2023 the “bonus cap”, which previously limited the variable remuneration of certain bank staff to 100% of their fixed pay (or 200% with shareholder approval) has been abolished. The FCA and PRA in their consultation paper on this change highlighted that the removal of the cap is intended to help … Continue reading

FCA and PRA consultations on D&I in the financial services sector:  An employment law perspective

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have recently published consultation papers setting out proposals to promote diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the financial services sector. The papers follow on from the joint discussion paper in July 2021 when the regulators made it clear that firms should consider D&I.  This was followed … Continue reading

New Electronic Travel Authorisation Rules

An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) will soon be required to enter the UK as a visitor or to transit, for those who would not ordinarily require a visa in advance of travel to the UK. The UK Home Office has stated that the introduction of the requirement by means of the ETA will improve border … Continue reading

UK Information Commissioner’s Office Publishes Final Guidance On Employee Monitoring

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its final guidance on monitoring workers on 3 October 2023 (the Guidance).  The Guidance is aimed at employers across both the private and public sector.  Responding to the rise of remote working and new technologies available to monitor employees, the ICO has looked to provide clear direction on … Continue reading

Transfer of share incentive plans under TUPE

The Court of Session in Ponticelli UK Ltd v Gallagher recently provided further clarification on what employment benefits transfer when employees transfer from one employer to another under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). When an employee transfers from one employer to another under TUPE the rights and benefits they enjoy … Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence and employment law

On 11 August 2023, the UK House of Commons published a research briefing paper on artificial intelligence (AI) and employment law.  The paper provides an overview of AI and its various subcategories, outlines current uses of AI in the workplace, considers the implications of using AI and summarises the current proposals to regulate such use.  … Continue reading

Protecting Worker Entitlements reforms – more key dates for employers

This article was co-authored with Lachlan Crosbie. Employers need to be aware of key changes to legislation protecting employee rights which will commence in the coming months. The Fair Work Legislation (Protecting Employee Entitlements) Act 2023 (Protecting Employee Entitlements Act) marks the Government’s second major reform to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act). The … Continue reading

Increase to civil penalties for illegal working

All UK employers must carry out right to work checks before employing someone, to ensure that the individual is legally permitted, by reason of their immigration status, to carry out the work in question. Correctly conducting a right to work check prior to employment will provide the employer with a statutory excuse against illegal working. … Continue reading

Singapore publishes Final Report on upcoming Workplace Fairness Legislation

On 4 August 2023, the Tripartite Committee on Workplace Fairness (Tripartite Committee) released[1] its final policy recommendations on the proposed legislative framework to enhance workplace fairness (referred to as the Workplace Fairness Legislation, or WFL), by way of a Final Report that has been accepted by the Singapore Government (Final Report). The Final Report follows … Continue reading

What next for UK Employment law?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 preserved a number of EU laws in UK statute as Retained EU Law (REUL).  The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (REUL Bill) was introduced to amend, remove and replace the REULs that the UK government deemed to be unsuitable and replace them with bespoke UK provisions.  The … Continue reading