Employment

Carers in the workplace: Why supporting employees with caring responsibilities matters

Following the interest in our Employee Wellbeing series to date, we have released this additional fifth article focusing on the support that can be provided to employees who may have to balance their duties in the workplace with caring responsibilities outside work. Why support matters 1 in 7 employees in the workplace currently have caring …

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Living safely with COVID-19: new guidance published

*** Updated at 6 pm on 1 April 2022 following publication of the Guidance on reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace. Following the Government’s announcement in February 2022 of its Living with COVID-19 strategy, today sees the removal of the final COVID-19 measures in England including – Removal of free …

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Government to produce statutory code of practice on ‘fire and rehire’

On Tuesday 29 March the Labour Markets minister Paul Scully announced in Parliament that the government will be producing a new statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’. The code will also “clamp down on controversial tactics used by unscrupulous employers who fail to engage in meaningful consultations with employees”. The new statutory …

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Right to work checks: Latest developments for employers

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 30 March 2020 the government introduced a modified right to work (RTW) scheme to assist employers to more easily check the status of prospective employees to legally work in the UK.  The government has confirmed that the modified scheme will remain in place until 30 …

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Government to publish guidance on voluntary ethnicity pay gap reporting but will not make reporting mandatory

On 17 March the Government published a policy paper “Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities”  in response to the Commission’s 2021 report. Inclusive Britain sets out a wide-ranging Action Plan of measures on race equality across Government as part of a three-part strategy: to ensure that prejudice and discrimination have …

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Domestic abuse: Providing support and empowering employees

Employee wellbeing: Life events – Are you an employer of choice? This final article in our Employee Wellbeing series focuses on the issue of domestic abuse – brought sharply into the spotlight by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns – and why this is an area in which employers need to be fully informed …

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Supporting employees undergoing fertility treatment

Employee wellbeing: Life events – Are you an employer of choice? In this fourth article in our Employee Wellbeing series we take a look at the business rationale for employers providing support to employees undergoing fertility treatment, and how best to do this. Why is this important? Many individuals experience fertility issues: it is estimated …

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Supporting employees through baby loss and neonatal treatment

Employee wellbeing: Life events – Are you an employer of choice? In our third article in our Employee Wellbeing series we focus on the support which can be provided to employees who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth, or who have a baby who needs to spend time in neonatal care. Miscarriage and stillbirth: The legal …

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The menopause: A business critical issue for employers

Employee wellbeing: Life events – Are you an employer of choice? In this second article in our Employee Wellbeing series, we consider the interaction between menopause and the workplace and why it is now a business critical issue for employers. Parliamentary focus Menopause is currently receiving significant attention in Parliament. Carolyn Harris MP recently called …

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Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in England: implications for the workplace

The Prime Minister has today set out the Government’s plans for “living with COVID-19” in England which will see many restrictions dropped this week.  A Living with COVID-19 document has also been published which expands upon the announcement made by the Prime Minister. What is changing? The main changes announced today include the following – …

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Discover your organisation’s D&I rating with our new D&I index

In 2022, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a top priority for most organisations which recognise its importance as a key component of an effective environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework. With this in mind, DLA Piper’s Employment group is pleased to launch a 15 minute D&I index. Our index will assist your organisation to identify …

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Employee wellbeing: Life events – Are you an employer of choice?

The business case for employers reviewing their strategy on employee support DLA Piper’s Employment team is publishing a series of articles exploring the business case for employers reviewing their current approach to important life events which impact on employees in the workplace. In this first article of the series, we consider the overarching rationale for …

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USDAW union granted injunction against Tesco to prevent ‘fire and rehire’

The High Court has granted an injunction preventing Tesco from using so-called ‘fire and re-hire’ to implement changes to terms and conditions for some of its workforce. Tesco recognises USDAW for collective bargaining purposes for staff below the grade of Team Manager at certain of its distribution sites. Between 2007 and 2009 Tesco implemented a …

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No limit to carry over for unpaid as well as untaken holiday for workers denied right to paid holiday: Smith v Pimlico Plumbers (2)

The Court of Appeal has handed down its second judgment in Mr Smith’s long-running litigation against Pimlico Plumbers, in a decision which has significant implications for holiday pay. This decision considerably raises the stakes for businesses facing worker status disputes. Mr Smith worked as a plumber for Pimlico Plumbers (Pimlico) for nearly 6 years. During …

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COVID-19: Fair dismissal of care home worker for refusing vaccine

A Leeds Employment Tribunal has held that a care home assistant disobeyed a lawful management instruction by refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and, in consequence, was fairly dismissed. Facts The employer operated a nursing home providing residential care to dementia sufferers.     In December 2020,  the Government began the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines to …

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