Employment

Embracing neurodiversity in business: how to support employees

In our last article, we continued our neurodiversity discussion with a focus on how businesses can make their products and services more accessible to neurodiverse customers,  and the business case for doing so.  This week, in our final article of this series, we look at legislation which impacts on neurodiversity in the workplace,  as well …

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Embracing neurodiversity in business: how to support customers

In our article last week, we explored the nature of neurodiversity, alongside reports which suggest support for those who are neurodivergent is still wanting across the UK. We also outlined some of the reasons why this is a crucial area of consideration for businesses. In the UK, obligations on businesses go further than just supporting …

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Embracing neurodiversity in business: What you need to know

Five years ago, in 2017, a Harvard Business School Professor opined in the Harvard Business Review that neurodiversity is a competitive advantage which employers should embrace within their workforces1.  The Review’s article identified that the sometimes extraordinary skills of many neurodiverse individuals were not being tapped into by employers because of the traditional way in …

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Government reverses mini-budget employment-related tax measures

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has today announced an almost total reversal of the various tax-related announcements made at the mini-budget on 23 September.  From an employment perspective the only measure to survive is the reversal of the recent national insurance rate increase with effect from next month.  This means that: No …

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Tax Alert: Repeal of IR35 Reforms

In delivering his mini-budget on 23 September 2022, the Chancellor announced a wide-ranging series of tax cuts and reforms, with a focus on incentivisation, investment and making Great Britain more competitive on the global stage. In a significant (and unexpected) U-turn, it was also announced that the reforms made to the IR35 off payroll working …

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Employers take note: Modified right to work scheme is ending

An important date is looming for employers. On 30 September 2022, the COVID-concessionary modified right to work scheme is ending. It was temporarily introduced in March 2020 as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic and eased the burden on employers checking physical right to work documents in light of the work from home mandates from …

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Employment tribunal holds that barristers’ chambers discriminated against barrister due to her ‘gender critical’ philosophical beliefs

In Bailey v (1) Stonewall Equality Ltd (2) Garden Court Service Company (3) representatives of Garden Court Chambers, an employment tribunal has held that a barristers’ chambers, Garden Court Chambers, discriminated against a barrister, Allison Bailey, due to her protected belief that a woman is defined by her sex. Ms Bailey’s discrimination claim against Stonewall …

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Employment Status: Government consultation response published

The Government has today published a response to its 2018 consultation on employment status.  The consultation sought views on how to make employment status rules for employment rights and tax clearer for individuals and businesses.   Today’s response recognises that the boundaries between different employment statuses can be unclear, but concludes that the benefits of creating …

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Businesses can now hire agency workers as cover during industrial action

As was widely publicised at the time of the rail strikes in late June 2022,  the Government has now changed the law to allow businesses which are impacted by industrial action to fill the roles of striking staff with temporary workers. This has been achieved by removing the relevant provision in the Regulations governing the …

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Menopause and the workplace: Government outlines new proposals

In February 2022, as part of our Employee Wellbeing series, we published a Be Aware article The menopause: A business critical issue for employers highlighting key developments on this important issue, including recommendations made to the government by an independent taskforce in its report Menopause and employment: How to enable fulfilling working lives (Report).  This …

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Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Harpur Trust v Brazel holiday pay case: Employers cannot use 12.07% to calculate holiday for part-year workers

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Harpur Trust v Brazel, holding that the holiday entitlement of workers who work only part of the year but are engaged on a permanent contract throughout the year (‘part-year workers’) cannot be calculated by using 12.07% of the hours actually worked …

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Court of Appeal overturns injunction in Tesco “fire and rehire” case

In February this year, the High Court granted a highly unusual injunction preventing Tesco from using so-called ‘fire and re-hire’ to implement changes to terms and conditions for some of its workforce in order to remove a ‘permanent’ contractual entitlement to enhanced pay (see Be Aware 3 February 2022). The Court of Appeal has now …

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Unilateral imposition of pay award was unlawful inducement

In INEOS Infrastructure Grangemouth Ltd v Jones and ors the EAT upheld an employment tribunal’s decision that an employer’s imposition of a pay award amounted to an unlawful inducement under S.145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) in circumstances where pay negotiations with the recognised trade union were at an …

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New visa route may open door to wider talent pool for employers

The UK government has announced the implementation of a new visa scheme for ‘high potential individuals’ which is welcome news to employers as the war for talent continues. This new scheme will allow alumni of the world’s top universities to work in the UK for 2 years – or 3 years if they hold a …

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