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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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7 December 2021 Menopause – what are the employment law implications?

What steps can employers take the minimise any discrimination relating to menopause?

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30 November 2021 New guidance on best practice around reasonable adjustments

The new guidance is impressive; it’s well written and the examples of solutions and workarounds being used in law firms are invaluable, as it shows disabled people what is possible and practical.

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25 November 2021 Government plans to ratify convention on ending violence and harassment in the workplace

Ratifying C190 would mean additional obligations for employers to prevent & address harassment & violence in the world of work.

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