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1st June 2021

Return to Work Strategies and Policies

With lockdown restrictions being eased and the reopening of a number of different types of business from mid-May, ACAS has published 5 top tips for employers to plan…

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Home Office right to work checks

All employers in the UK are required to conduct right to work checks against proposed employees before the employment commences.  The right to work check is prescriptive and…

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Mental health and the return to the workplace

Early 2020 was like war suddenly being declared, against an unseen foe. For many businesses it felt like a fight for survival.  Almost overnight huge swathes of the workforce…

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17th May 2021

Employee security v employer freedom: where’s the post-Brexit balance?

Should employers be allowed to “fire and re-hire” their employees? This is where employers who need to cut back and save costs dismiss employees who refuse to sign…

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10th May 2021

Mental Health in the Workplace

One of the many outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic has been the increase and exacerbation of mental health conditions, triggered by social isolation, working at home, and the…

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13th April 2021

Health and Safety

‘Health and safety’ has had a rather negative and tiresome image in the past, often derided as a perfectionist, risk-averse excuse for fuss and nonsense.  The Health and…

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Health and Safety detriment protection to be extended to workers

Currently, relatively old statutory provisions exist which protect employees from suffering a detriment or dismissal in certain health and safety specific scenarios. These provisions were rarely used historically,…

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Equal opportunities and harassment training – warning to employers

If an employer provides equal opportunities training, is this enough to argue that it took ‘reasonable steps’ to avoid being vicariously liable for discriminatory acts carried out by…

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Sleeping on the job

The long awaited and anticipated National Minimum Wage (NMW), decision of the Supreme Court announced on 19 March 2021 must be a huge relief to some employers, especially…

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6th April 2021

Discrimination: Injury to feelings

Hurting someone’s feelings at work can be expensive, if the hurt results from negative words or actions in relation to a legally protected characteristic like race or gender,…

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