British Airways Furloughs Staff

“Julie Goodway, employment lawyer at Thomas Mansfield, was quoted in Personnel Today and Kent Online following the news that British Airways was preparing to furlough 80% of its workforce. Appreciating that this was a difficult time for employees, Julie suggested that it might be better for the BA staff to take this as the other […]

Coronavirus: Information for Employees (1 April 2020)

Coronavirus: Legal Update for Employers (18 March 2020)

COVID-19/Coronavirus Briefing Note As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, and the UK moves from the containment to the delay stage, employers are presented with several challenges affecting individuals and business operations. We look at some of the key areas affecting businesses over the coming weeks. a) Reducing staff hours. Rarely will an employer have the […]

Coronavirus: Legal Update for Employers (12 March 2020)

While companies globally are being impacted by the COVID-19 ‘coronavirus’ outbreak in terms of their supply chains, many UK employers will be wondering what to do with their workforce in the event of an outbreak or suspected outbreak. During a pandemic, employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees. However, […]

Coronavirus: Legal Update for Employers (5 March 2020)

While companies globally are being impacted by the COVID-19 ‘coronavirus’ outbreak in terms of their supply chains, many UK employers will be wondering what to do with their workforce in the event of an outbreak or suspected outbreak. In the event of a pandemic, employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of […]

Coronavirus Employment Law Advice for Employers

While companies globally are being impacted by the COVID-19 ‘coronavirus’ outbreak in terms of their supply chains, many UK employers will be wondering what to do with their workforce in the event of an outbreak or suspected outbreak. As of 9am on 2 March, a total of 13,525 people have been tested for COVID-19 in […]

‘Landmark’ Back Pay Case Could Mean £400 Million For Carers

The Supreme Court has been asked to decide a point about workers’ pay that stands to be of huge significance to carers in the UK. This stems from two conjoined cases: Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake, and John Shannon v Rampersad and another (trading as Clifton House Residential Care Home). Neill Thomas, Head of […]

Introduction of Paid Parental Bereavement Leave

Around 7,500 child deaths occur in the UK every year. At present, UK employers are not legally required to provide paid leave for grieving parents.  From 6 April 2020, working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ paid bereavement leave. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) […]

Veganism and Equality

Veganuary was boosted this year by the wave of press coverage around vegans’ ‘newly acquired’ Equality Act protection. Mr Casamitjana had been dismissed by his employer, The League Against Cruel Sports. He brought various claims, including for discrimination, arguing that dismissal was connected to his ethical veganism. The employer disputed that. It said he was […]