Supreme Court’s Ruling On Uber Drivers

On 19 February, the Supreme Court upheld the lower courts’ decisions that Uber drivers were workers. The company now faces the prospect of making retrospective payments to its workers. Moreover, the ramifications of this ruling are likely to extend to other businesses that operate in a similar way. According to the law firm representing more […]

Stale equal opportunities training

A “relatively small” employer in the case of Allay (UK) Limited v Mr Gehlen has lost out on the chance to use a type of “get out of jail free card” in the form of the “reasonable steps defence” to a race harassment claim because its equal opportunities training provided to its employees was “stale”. […]

Vaccines at work

The arrival of Covid vaccines brought huge hope that the dreadful effects of the pandemic would soon be curtailed. And, if the widely shared footage is anything to go by, those who have had their jabs have been buoyed by the protection. But not everyone is keen to be vaccinated. Whether they are part of […]

Preparing for a new way of working after Covid

Neill Thomas, co-founding partner of Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has featured in People Management talking about the options and risks for employers who consider adopting a more flexible working structure when the lockdown is lifted. For those employers who will want their employees to return to full-time working in the office, how difficult will it be […]

2020 Update

2020 has been quite a remarkable year, and some might say for all the wrong reasons. If someone had said to business owners last year that by March 2020, offices would be closed across the country, the vast majority of staff working from home, and thousands of others receiving assistance from the government for not […]

Reviewing Workplace Legalities As Second Lockdown Begins

Meredith Hurst, partner in the employment law department, reviews workplace legalities in his guest feature for WealthBriefing, a leading information source for the global wealth management sector. He updates businesses on the Job Support Scheme while lamenting that requests for advice about collective redundancy are still on the rise. It is not all doom and […]

The Effect of COVID-19 On Hidden Disabilities

Meredith Hurst, partner in the employment law department, considers the effects of COVID-19, in particular multiple challenges of remote working and the risks of coming back to the physical workplace, on people with hidden disabilities and their employers. In his article published by HR Magazine, he stresses that while it may not be easy to […]

Disciplinary Issues Around Covid

With most of us at pains to do the responsible thing when it comes to minimising the spread of Covid-19, perceived breaches of rules by others can be a problem. In work, as much as anywhere else, tensions are created when people feel those around them are not doing as they should. And with huge […]

Protecting Confidentiality

Key steps employers can take to protect their valuable information. With many more businesses now based on knowledge and information than on manufacturing and physical assets, and with information increasingly stored electronically and across multiple devices and systems, building in protection for your confidential information is vital to consider when evaluating your business and especially […]