Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

A single status of ‘worker’ – is it workable?

The Labour Party has announced a policy to create a single status of ‘worker’ to include all but the genuinely self-employed. Senior Associate, Jennifer Platt, discusses the implications.   The proposal Earlier this week Labour announced plans to create a single status of ‘worker’ to include employees, those who are currently classed as workers and… Read more »

Covid-19 app ‘pings’ and self-isolation – the impact on employers

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Warren Moores, associate, takes a look at whether the requirement to self-isolate when notified by the NHS Covid-19 app is a legal requirement or just guidance, and the impact on employer/employee relationships.   What is the NHS Covid-19 app? The NHS Covid-19 app is promoted by the Government and Public Health England to reduce transmission… Read more »

The £2.5 million consequence of a poor dismissal procedure

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An astounding amount was awarded to the claimant in this case of ‘what not to do’ when it comes to disciplinary and dismissal procedures. Charlie Wood, Associate in the employment team, examines the case of Mr D Barrow v KBR (UK) Ltd and advises on the lessons that can be learned.   Background The claimant,… Read more »

Jab or No Job? Care Home Staff and the Covid Vaccine

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Can care home staff be made to have the Covid vaccine? The Government has put forward a proposal that from 1 October 2021, all people working in Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care homes will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Warren Moores, Associate in the Employment Law team, investigates the potential impact of… Read more »

Sick Leave, Socialising and the Importance of Investigations

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Can employees on sick leave carry on socialising? Katie Hodson, Partner, reports on a recent case which shows the importance of a thorough investigation in all employment-related matters. There has been a great deal of media coverage surrounding a decision of an Employment Tribunal concerning an employee who was allegedly seen in the pub during… Read more »

Post-holiday Quarantine: Law on Paying Employees

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Do employers need to pay employees who have to legally quarantine following a holiday abroad, according to COVID-19 regulations? What is the law around COVID-19 quarantine? Since 8 June 2020, what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before your arrival. The… Read more »

Family-friendly Working Policies Post-Covid

Will the COVID-19 pandemic result in family-friendly  working policies? It has been widely reported in the media that the COVID-19 pandemic has had much more of an impact on women than men in relation to caring responsibilities and employment inequalities. The United Nations has reported that the impact of the economic shock which disproportionately affects… Read more »

How Social Media Led to an Unfair Dismissal Claim

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On 13 February 2020, Michael Austin – who worked for A1M Retro Classics for five years before an unfair dismissal – was involved in what the tribunal heard was an “extremely heated discussion” with managing director Matthew Robinson about alleged poor work being carried out by the company. What Happened in the Case? Following what… Read more »

Tesco Manager Successful in Claim for Unfair Dismissal

Earlier this year, a manager who provided Tesco supermarket with 20 years of ‘blemish free’ service, was dismissed for “initiating and sustaining physical contact and detaining a shoplifter”. The employee consequently took the supermarket giant to an Employment Tribunal where he was successful in his claim for unfair dismissal. Had the Claimant Breached Company Policy?… Read more »

Dealing with Mental Health Illness and Discrimination at Work

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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign designed to raise awareness for mental health illnesses. According to CIPD and Simply Health’s Health and Wellbeing at Work survey, nearly four fifths (79%) of respondents reported stress-related absence in the past year. Also, HSE found that 17.9 million working days were lost to stress,… Read more »