Government Consultation on Flexible Working

In her article for HRreview, Jenna Ide reviews the five key proposals made during the government consultation on flexible working that is closing on 1 December 2021. The government’s current consultation entitled “Making flexible working the default” (due to close on 1 December) sets out five proposals for reshaping the existing regulatory framework. The intention […]

Tipping, gratuities, cover and service charges – the government responds

We finally have a clear indication from the government that they intend to introduce legislation around the subject of tipping and service charges ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’. After the turbulent time the hospitality industry has had over the past 18 months, it might not be overly keen on new rules and regulations coming […]

Absence of redundancy appeal – fair or unfair?

In a further year dominated by COVID, there has been a dearth of decisions on matters of practical application, but in Gwynedd Council v Barratt the Court of Appeal issued a useful reminder of an often misunderstood principle in the context of redundancy. This is that the absence of the opportunity to appeal, does not […]

Religious dress ban not unlawful

In a decision striking for its robust approach to a sensitive subject, the European Court of Justice has levelled the playing field, in respect of religious dress in the workplace. In IX v Wabe eV, the ECJ considered the German day centre and kindergarten’s approach, to a general ban on workers wearing any visible sign […]

Employers struggle to recruit and retain Black employees

Two new reports show that many employers struggle to recruit and retain Black employees and that Black employees feel they are treated unfairly in the recruitment process. The Institute of Student Employers recently reported that only 54% of employers have a strategy to attract Black candidates to their business. Further, only 44% of employers actually […]

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 […]

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 […]