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Medical leave for painful menstruation – guidance for employers

Following a recent announcement, Spain could be the first European country to introduce medical leave for employees suffering from severe period pain or Dysmenorrhea. The current proposal is for leave of up to three days […]

Focus on… Collective redundancy consultation

The news of how P&O recently treated its staff – by dismissing them as redundant without any consultation – has put in the minds of many employees what the correct procedure might be when making […]

UK employment law cases spotlight – March 2022

Our legal team has come together to compile a rundown of employment law cases – including the background and decisions made – that HR and employee relations (ER) professionals should be aware of. Ljegede v […]

Employment law consequences arising from P&O

P&O dismissed 800 employees, without consultation, and replaced them with agency workers reportedly paid less than the UK National Minimum Wage (NMW). There has been public and political outcry at the situation and widespread frustration […]

What if the war doesn’t stop? Some thoughts for employers

We’ve all been watching events unfold in Ukraine with disbelief and horror. Whilst peace talks are still ongoing, the destruction of Ukraine isn’t stopping and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. The Foreign […]

Homes for Ukraine Scheme

As part of the government’s response to the invasion of Ukraine, a new scheme is being set up to enable Ukrainians and their immediate family members — who don’t already have links with the UK […]

P&O Ferries dismissals and collective consultation

There is widespread disbelief at the turnaround of dismissals at P&O Ferries yesterday, with reports suggesting that 800 of the firm’s employees are to be replaced with agency workers. We do not know the full […]

UK employment law cases spotlight – February 2022

Our legal team has come together to compile a rundown of employment law cases – including the background and decisions made – that HR and employee relations (ER) professionals should be aware of. Slade and […]

Smith v Pimlico Plumbers – Court of Appeal decision on workers and unpaid leave

The recent Court of Appeal case of Smith v Pimlico Plumbers issued 1 February 2022 deals with (i) whether an individual who successfully argued that he was a worker rather than self-employed could claim for outstanding holiday […]

Temporary extension of self-certification for SSP – Ceased from 27 January 2022

The temporary arrangements, designed to ease pressure on GPs in connection with the Omicron variant and vaccination boosters programme, extended the self-certification period for SSP from 7 to 28 days. This meant that for any […]

UK employment law cases spotlight – January 2022

Our legal team has come together to compile a rundown of employment law cases – including the background and decisions made – that HR and employee relations (ER) professionals should be aware of. Hope v […]

What employers must know about the Health and Care Worker Visa

From 15 February 2022 the Health and Care Worker Visa (part of the Skilled Worker Visa) will be extended to care workers and home carers for a minimum period of 12 months. As many care […]

Dismissal of care home worker for refusal to be vaccinated found to be fair

Several employers have already implemented ‘no jab, no job’ policies into their organisations with compulsory vaccinations remaining a contentious issue for many. The care sector is a particular example in which it now has to […]

Is flexible working to become the default?

For employers, the pandemic has raised many hurdles. But one of the most notable for many, was the unprecedented requirement for staff – with the exception of key workers — to work from home. Presenting […]

Cutting isolation pay for non-vaccinated staff

IKEA has recently been in the news for announcing that unvaccinated staff will not benefit from company sick pay if forced to isolate due to Covid exposure. They are the latest in a number of employers to […]