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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COVID-19: Government announces end of work from home guidance and mandatory face coverings

Boris Johnson has announced that England is to return to Plan A next week, marking the end of the current Plan B restrictions. This means that from Thursday 27 January 2022: Wearing of face masks in the current designated indoor settings and on public transport will no longer be a mandatory legal obligation. Instead, wearing …

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SSP self-certification period temporarily extended

Employees eligible to receive statutory sick pay are not normally required to provide their employer with medical evidence to support sickness absence for the first 7 days of absence. For longer periods of absence, they must obtain a fit note from their GP. In order to free up GP capacity to focus on the current …

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Government imposes ‘Plan B’ COVID restrictions in England

The Government has announced that it is introducing further COVID-19 restrictions for England broadly in line with the ‘Plan B’ announced in the Autumn/Winter Plan on 15 September. Under the new restrictions: From Monday 13 December office workers will be asked to work from home where possible; Face coverings will become mandatory in most indoor …

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COVID-19: Government implements Plan B-lite with new measures which impact on employers

In an unexpected turn of events, the government has announced that it will be bringing in new COVID-19 restrictions for England this week. The news follows significant concerns over the emergence of a new coronavirus variant.  The government has confirmed, however, that it will not yet be moving fully to its COVID-19 Plan B – …

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Supreme Court: employer’s direct pay offer to employees was unlawful inducement when collective bargaining process not completed

Employers who recognise a trade union for collective bargaining purposes should take note of last week’s Supreme Court decision in Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley which will have to be considered where collective bargaining negotiations over pay awards or other contractual variations reach a stalemate. Background The Supreme Court’s decision is the final instalment in …

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Government outlines its proposals for Plan B mandatory COVID certification

In its COVID Autumn and Winter Plan (see our Be Aware of 15 September 2021), the government committed to providing more detail about its proposals for mandatory COVID certification in England in certain designated settings. This forms part of its Plan B for tackling the pandemic and would only take effect in the event that …

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