Will “no jab” really mean “no job”?

As we are all aware the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine started early 2021. The big question was, whether the vaccination should be made compulsory for employees in certain job roles. Currently the vaccination timeline is that, every adult will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine by 31 July 2021. Interestingly, there is currently no legal […]

Cutting the cost of workplace disputes

Not only do workplace disputes result in unhappy and unproductive employees, they also take up management time and can lead to high staff turnover and the possibility of tribunal claims if not handled well. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, better known as ACAS, has recently commissioned a study into the cost of conflicts in […]

Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact

In February, the Women and Equalities Committee published their report on the gendered economic impact of Covid-19. The report addressed areas such as the labour market, young people, pregnancy and maternity discrimination and childcare, as well as the extent to which gender equality has been embedded into policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, […]

How the allocation of employees under TUPE could affect employers

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) is a vexed subject, which has had business owners and lawyers scratching their heads since the 1980s when the UK implemented the European Transfer of Undertakings Directive. Alas, the scratching of heads will only continue following the decision in McTear Contracts Limited v Bennett and Others. […]

Has the WFH bubble burst?

Six months or so ago, there were predictions of widespread downsizing in commercial property. Businesses that had always seen the office as the beating heart of their operation would move towards a model built around remote working and greater flexibility for employees. Business premises would become a fraction of their former size, or obsolete. That’s […]

Pitfalls of the disciplinary process during the pandemic

In his article for People Management, founding partner Jonathan Mansfield discusses major pitfalls of dealing with employee misconduct, an issue amplified by the pandemic. He also reminds about the key principles to the hearing process and warns against careless attitude to managing virtual disciplinaries. “Some of the worst problems have arisen because of the ill-judged […]

Can employers demand staff disclose Covid 19 Jab Status?

There is an ongoing debate in government and legal circles about whether employees can be required to have a Covid-19 jab.  Some employers are already considering whether to require employees to provide information about their Covid vaccination status as part of their risk assessment. Employers need to bear in mind the risk of complaints being […]

Settling employment disputes

There are a number of situations where an employer will consider settling with an employee. In exchange for some benefit, in most cases a cash settlement, the employee is asked to enter a binding agreement.  This might arise where there are shortcomings in the employee’s performance, organisational changes or simply a clash of personalities.  Capability, […]