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6 May 2022 Fire and Re-hire

In late March, P&O Ferries made 800 members of staff redundant instantaneously and with no notice, to then go on to replace them with cheaper agency workers. This sparked wide range shock and triggered government interest in introducing a new statutory code of practice covering fire and rehire.

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7 January 2022 ‘Gay cake’ discrimination case ruled inadmissible by ECHR

This case has been rumbling on for over seven years. It relates to a bakery’s refusal to make a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’.

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13 December 2021 Flexibility Over Flexible Working Procedure

Flexible working applications can take many forms but the pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in the number of individuals working from home or under a hybrid model. Both CIPD and Acas have published guidance to support employers in dealing with hybrid working arrangements.

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29 April 2020 High Court extends employer’s duty of care to Dubai whistleblower

Employers with global networks which include a base in the UK should be aware that they can face expensive and damaging negligence claims from employees who are based overseas regardless of the whistleblowing regime.

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2 April 2020 Employer not responsible for former employee’s data breach

The long-awaited Supreme Court decision has been published in the case of WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants.

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2 April 2020 Updated Government advice for UK visa application and temporary UK residents

On Friday 27 March, the government updated its advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

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1 April 2020 New statutory sick pay regulations, 28 March 2020

The Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020 have now been published and came into force on 28 March 2020.

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30 March 2020 Coronavirus and annual leave

Regulations have now been published allowing employees to carry forward 4 weeks of their statutory annual leave entitlement but the circumstances in which such leave can be carried forward are limited.

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27 March 2020 Suspension of gender pay reports

The Government has confirmed that it will not enforce the usual deadlines for gender pay reporting - 30 March for public sector employers and 4 April for private sector employers - this year due to the impact of coronavirus.

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27 March 2020 The Coronavirus self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Government has now announced the measures that it intends to put in place to support the self-employed who are suffering income loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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