Have you reported your gender pay gap?

In February the government announced that the deadline for gender pay gap reporting for the year 2020/2021 would be postponed for six months due to the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic. While many may have pushed it to the back of their mind, 5 October 2021 was the date that businesses with over 250 […]

Compulsory Dispute Resolution – The Future of Claims?

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an umbrella term used to describe a range of out of court methods which can be used by parties to try and settle a dispute and avoid the cost and stress of a court claim.  It can include formal methods, such as mediation, conciliation, and […]

Furlough scheme ends – what next?

Following several extensions, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘Furlough scheme’) is finally ending on 30 September 2021. Initially the government committed to paying 80% of wages, capped at £2,500, along with National Insurance and pension contributions paid by the employer. However more recent iterations of the scheme have seen the government’s contribution reduce to 70% […]

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination: Employment tribunal case law update

After increasing substantially in recent years, legal claims against employers over pregnancy and maternity issues have certainly not gone away during the pandemic, and the results continue to grab headlines. Claims and disputes over the treatment of employees and workers who are pregnant or on maternity leave pose risks to businesses around recruitment, retention, and […]

Managing the menopause at work

According to the latest UK data, there were five employment tribunals referencing the claimant’s menopause in 2018, six in 2019 and 16 in 2020. There have now been 10 in the first six months of 2021 alone. Women aged 50 to 64 are the fastest-growing economically active group in the UK, and many of them […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace – tightening up the law

While sexual harassment in the workplace has been illegal for decades, in recent years, more people, primarily women, have felt empowered to share their experiences, demonstrating that there is still a real, concerning problem with sexual harassment at work and in other settings. According to the TUC, one in two women have been sexually harassed […]

‘Long COVID’ – managing sickness absence effectively

With the continuing relaxation of COVID restrictions, we have already seen an increase in infection rates and we are told we are likely to experience waves of infections for some time to come. While great progress has been made in terms of the national vaccination programme, we know that being vaccinated does not prevent you […]

Dismissal of teacher found to be unfair by Employment Tribunal

Last year an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case highlighted again the importance of employers following the correct procedure prior to dismissing an employee for misconduct. The case serves as an excellent reminder to employers that they must assess a situation on the balance of probabilities unless there is substantial doubt, and that unknown risk does […]

Should employers brace for a wave of legal claims from staff over the return to the office?

Much has been written in the national press regarding businesses bracing themselves for a succession of legal challenges from staff reluctant to return to the office.  The i newspaper recently reported that fewer than 1 in 5 employees want to return to the office full-time. Now that “Freedom Day” on 19 July 2021 has passed […]