UK – What to expect in employment law in 2024

As we come to the end of 2023, there has been a rush on new employment legislation to come into effect in 2024. Holiday leave and pay As mentioned here the Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 were laid before Parliament on 7 November 2023 and are due to come into force … 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

UK Pensions: The Pensions Regulator’s growing focus on transfer scams

The Pensions Regulator has, for many years, campaigned to reduce the number of pension transfer scams. Its efforts appear to be having an effect. Cold calling, a typical sign of a scam, is decreasing and the number of UK savers receiving unsolicited approaches about their pensions fell from around 20% in 2017 to 7% in … 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

Increase in minimum wage rates and changes to age ranges

The Government has announced a series of changes to the national minimum wage, increasing the rates for all workers and giving 21-year-old workers entitlement to the full National Living Wage for the first time. These changes will take effect on 1 April 2024. Currently, only those aged 23 and older are entitled to the full … Continue reading

The AHRC’s powers commence from 12 December 2023: Are you positive your business is prepared?

This article was co-authored with Jessica Kamleh, Phina Conroy and Michael Wilson. In late 2022, new provisions were included in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SD Act) to impose a positive duty on employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate, as far as possible, certain unlawful conduct under the SD … Continue reading

Le droit de sous-traiter certains travaux en l’absence de « personnel qualifié » : l’employeur n’a pas l’obligation de mettre ses salariés à l’épreuve

Dans une décision rendue en septembre 2023[1], opposant le Syndicat des salariés(es) de la fromagerie (CSD) (le Syndicat) à Agropur, coopérative agroalimentaire (l’Employeur), un tribunal d’arbitrage (le Tribunal) était confronté à plusieurs griefs où le Syndicat contestait la sous-traitance de certains travaux de maintenance. Le contexte La convention collective en vigueur chez l’Employeur prévoit qu’il … Continue reading

Supreme Court decision on whether Deliveroo Riders are workers

The Supreme Court in the UK has held that food delivery riders (Riders) were not in an ‘employment relationship’ for the purposes of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, meaning that the provisions of that article which protect the right to form and join trade unions do not apply to them.   In … Continue reading

Increased regulation and a potential ban on engineered stone

The status of silica regulation across Australia This article was co-authored by Hattie Wilson In recent years, Australia has seen a significant increase in the number of cases of silicosis and other crystalline silica (silica) related diseases in the workplace.  Silica is a naturally occurring mineral which is used in many products such as asphalt, … Continue reading