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Government proposals to extend redundancy protection for new mothers

The Government recently launched a ten week public consultation over plans to extend existing statutory protections available to those who face redundancy whilst on maternity leave. The intention is to extend redundancy protection to cover not just the maternity leave but also pregnancy and the six-month period immediately after women return to work. The consultation [...]

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Employment - 2 months ago

The Taylor Review: intended reforms announced

They said ‘something must be done’. This is something… A little over two years ago, the rise of the gig economy, the increased use of zero hours contracts and a sense that a large part of the workforce had little or no job security or protections led the government to ask Matthew Taylor to look [...]

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Employment - 4 months ago

HMRC Employer Bulletin: navigating what constitutes a National Minimum Wage breach

HMRC have released their bi-monthly Employer Bulletin which is intended to give employers the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. [...]

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Employment - 4 months ago

Incentivising employees in the age of blockchain

Implementing an appropriate and effective remuneration and incentive policy for management and employees is a key driver for a successful business.  Traditionally, incentive plans have included bonus schemes, share option schemes and other share-based arrangements.  These plans can be used to strategically incentivise certain employee behaviours, though they are not without their drawbacks.  We routinely [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Employment, Technology - 4 months ago

World Economic Forum: the impact of technological change on women in the workplace

Last week saw business and political leaders descend on Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. In recent years, the WEF has increased its focus on gender equality in both the world of work and in wider society. In the run up to this year’s conference, it has published two reports from the WEF’s Education, [...]

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Employment - 1 year ago

Flexible workspace: the new way

Flexible workspace: an option reserved for tech start-ups or an evolving trend for the full spectrum of the market? What is the attraction to tenants, or ‘members’ as they are commonly known, of this alternative workspace? And can it be used to provide modern flexibility in the more traditional employment relationship? Here’s our take. Flexibility. [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

What’s normal about normal pay?

Holiday pay and voluntary overtime Holiday pay has been a contentious issue in the workplace for some time. In the past, the court has considered whether an employee’s holiday pay should include allowances (such as “time away from base” allowance), commission and compulsory overtime. A question that had not yet been answered was whether voluntary [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

Judge’s court notes disclosed following a data subject access request

The beginning of July saw a data protection decision which received little immediate commentary in the legal press, but which is likely to have far reaching consequences for future cases. In response to a request from Alfred Percival for a judge’s handwritten notes, created during Mr Percival’s Employment Tribunal hearing, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) [...]

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Data, Dispute Resolution, Employment - 2 years ago

Employee Fraud

Employers are often unsure what to do in the event that they discover an employee fraud.  [...]

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Employment, Fraud - 2 years ago

Social mobility – a different kind of diversity?

When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we often assume that this is limited to gender, race, disability or the other protected characteristics. Work to increase diversity in these areas is hugely important (as we have commented here and here for example) but diversity and inclusion is wider than that. A report published earlier [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

What the Queen’s speech means for employers

After a slight delay, the Queen’s speech yesterday set out what we can expect in the way of new legislation over the next two years.  Although it was brief and high level – avoiding too much detail – we have considered the potential implications for employment law. The speech referred to the government ensuring that [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago

Women on boards – measuring progress

Amid news that the European commission is to push for quotas for women on boards to address the slow progress of gender equality, we take a fresh look at diversity in the boardroom. In a report published earlier this year, Deloitte tracked the efforts of 64 countries to promote gender diversity in the boardroom. Unsurprisingly, [...]

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Employment - 2 years ago