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21 January 2022 ‘Failure to Remove’ Claims brought Pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998

Following the Supreme Court decision in CN & GN -v- Poole Borough Council [2019] and other subsequent cases, it is now established law that the mere fact that various steps are taken by local authorities in the discharge of its child protection functions is not enough to give rise to an assumption of responsibility.

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20 January 2022 Demotion: A One-Off Act With Continuing Consequences, or a Continuing Act?

In Parr v MSR Partners LLP and others, we discuss what the Court of Appeal was asked to consider a preliminary issue.

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20 January 2022 Four-day Working Week – the Future of Work?

In our Employment Survey 2021: Focus on Flexibility, we looked at a number of working developments including the notion of a four-day working week.

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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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30 December 2021 High Court demonstrates importance of well-drafted restrictive covenants as enforcement succeeds “in its entirety”

Restrictive covenants restrict what employees can do for certain periods of time following termination of the employee’s employment. Employers should review restrictive covenants whenever an employee, director, or consultant changes their role.

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23 December 2021 SMEs can claim back sick pay from government

To support businesses during the recent surge in coronavirus cases, the Government will be reintroducing the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

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17 December 2021 Disability Workforce Reporting Consultation

This consultation forms part of the government’s National Disability Strategy published in July 2021 and is in response to calls to increase transparency on disability in the workplace. It includes consideration of mandatory and voluntary reporting practices, looking at what is working well, and what changes could be made to increase inclusive practices.

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17 December 2021 The new point-based system: a complex and costly system in need of simplification

The immigration control tools now being used by the UK government which combine high costs, complex application system, salary threshold and exclusion of low skilled worker are having a significant detrimental effect on the business ability of UK based companies to employ EEA staff in the UK.

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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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10 December 2021 All change? Nationality & Borders Bill

Whilst the Bill still has to clear the House of Lords, there is a great concern over the impact of the Bill.

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