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8 September 2021 Changes to flexible working in the NHS and "childcare disparity"

On 13 September 2021 the previously announced changes to section 33 of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook come into effect, giving increased rights to request flexible working to all staff covered by those terms within England and Wales.

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27 August 2021 Covid-19 adjusted right to work update

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks has been updated as a result for Covid-19, replacing 18 June 2021 guidance.

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25 August 2021 New Workers’ Watchdog to protect workers’ rights

Employers should take action now to avoid financial fines & damaging negative publicity when Workers’ Watchdog is established.

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Legal update

16 August 2021 The meaning of “Correspondence” under MHPS

The High Court case of Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 1674 has considered the scope of the disclosure requirements under the Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) framework and provides some useful guidance for those tasked with carrying out case investigations.

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11 August 2021 Labour policy plans to create a single status of ‘worker’ and remove qualifying periods for some basic employment rights

Labour has announced plans to create a single status of ‘worker’ to include employees and ‘limb b’ workers. This would encompass all workers, from direct employees, to those who are considered part of the ‘gig economy’.

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26 July 2021 Sexual harassment - changes ahead?

Following #MeToo, a consultation was launched by the Government in July 2019 on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, considering a number of potential areas for reform.

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19 July 2021 Lifting of restrictions

19 July 2021 marks the lifting of many restrictions within England including the cessation of the need for social distancing, the removal of the legal requirement for face masks, and the end of required homeworking.

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12 July 2021 Special Severance Payments

It took over 5 years for secondary legislation implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments to be brought into force; only a few months after their implementation, the Government announced in February of this year that the Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 would be revoked, citing ‘unintended consequences’ which had been identified after ‘extensive review’.

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2 July 2021 Scope of trade union rights

Back in 2017, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) declined an application by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) under the compulsory recognition procedures to be recognised for collective bargaining by Roofoods Limited, trading as Deliveroo.

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29 June 2021 Right to work: updated guidance 18 June 2021

Reminder for employers that 'An employer's guide to right to work checks' has been updated for the end of the grace period on 30 June 2021.

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