Are you continuing to protect vulnerable employees?

In the case of Prosser v Community Gateway Association Limited, Ms Prosser (who was on a zero hours contract) confirmed that she was pregnant to her employer just after the initial COVID lockdown. Whilst Ms Prosser wanted to continue working during her pregnancy, her employer did not offer her shifts as a result of following Read more about Are you continuing to protect vulnerable employees?[…]

But it’s just the menopause – isn’t it?

In the case of Rooney v Leicester City Council,  the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that an earlier judgment of a Tribunal was incorrect when it did not classify menopausal symptoms as a disability. This is a new area of law but employers should be mindful that an employee ‘simply’ going through the menopause may well Read more about But it’s just the menopause – isn’t it?[…]

What is on the 2022 horizon?

From April, the national minimum wage will be going up as follows: £8.91 to £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over (the national living wage) £8.36 to £9.18 for workers aged 21 or 22 £6.56 to £6.83 for workers aged 18 to 20 £4.62 to £4.81 for workers aged under 18 who are no longer Read more about What is on the 2022 horizon?[…]

We have been talking about hybrids for ages, haven’t we?

The use of hybrid and electric vehicles in our society is increasing and a 2030 ban on petrol and diesel vehicles looms – but there is now another type of hybrid rearing its head and its one that employers need to be ready for. We are talking about the hybrid working environment – the concept Read more about We have been talking about hybrids for ages, haven’t we?[…]

No Jab, No Job

There has been much in the UK news about the so-called ‘no jab, no job’ policy intended to be rolled out by some employers – is this legal? Can they do this? What are the options? Unlike other countries, there are significant legal obligations placed on employers that make a ‘no jab, no job’ policy Read more about No Jab, No Job[…]

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EU Settlement Scheme

Deadline: 30 June 2021! Employers with EEA employees should encourage them to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme if they wish to remain working in the U.K. as they only have until 30 June 2021 to do so. Applications can be made here: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) – GOV.UK Read more about EU Settlement Scheme[…]

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All Equal at Tesco?

Female workers in Tesco stores are arguing that they have failed to receive equal pay when compared with colleagues in the Distribution Centres who are mostly male. This case was considered by the European Court of Justice (as the case started before Brexit) and whilst it still has a long way to go, the ECJ Read more about All Equal at Tesco?[…]

HR Spring Cleaning

April is always a busy month for HR professionals and this month is no different (never mind that we are still in the middle of a pandemic!). Here are some pointers: Ensure workers are paid the national living/minimum wage It is that time of year again! The national living wage increased to £8.91 per hour Read more about HR Spring Cleaning[…]

EU Settlement Scheme

Critically, the freedom of movement for European Economic Area (“EEA”) and Swiss nationals ended on 31 December 2020. As such, eligible employees need to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the scheme by 30 June 2021. Achieving this status means that the individual resided in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 and would Read more about EU Settlement Scheme[…]

Supreme Court in Aisle 2!

The two roles of shop floor workers and warehouse staff at Asda can be compared for assessing equal pay, the Supreme Court has ruled. The Supreme Court confirmed that the terms and conditions of shop floor staff and distribution centre workers can be compared with one another, even if the two groups of workers are Read more about Supreme Court in Aisle 2![…]