Jurisdiction: UK

EU: Data Use – Protecting a critical resource

Described by some as the “new oil” for the digital economy, there is no doubt that data are now seen as critical for organisations to succeed. Data are a powerful and lucrative fuel for productivity. If not adequately protected, data … Continue reading

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UK: Good Work consultations published

Following this morning’s announcement of the government’s response to the Taylor Review (see our earlier blog post), the government has just published its detailed response along with the four consultations trailed.  Links to the relevant documents are below. response paper consultation … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks)

UK: Government responds to Taylor Review with ‘Good Work plan’

The government has this morning issued a press release announcing its response to the independent Taylor Review published last year (see our summary here). The government has given a general commitment to pursue quality of work in addition to number … Continue reading

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UK: Sex discrimination – Fawcett Society’s reform proposals

The Fawcett Society has published its Sex Discrimination Law Review, calling for:

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: Working time rest breaks – compensatory rest must be one continuous period

Employers in certain sectors can rely on the exemption from the ordinary rest break requirements in the Working Time Regulations (or 20 minutes for every 6 hours worked) as long as they provide equivalent compensatory rest. The EAT has confirmed … Continue reading

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UK: Surveillance – European decisions highlight right to privacy in the workplace

Two recent decisions – along with the imminent implementation of the GDPR – highlight the importance for employers of reviewing monitoring practices and policies. In Antović and Mirković v Montenegro, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that it … Continue reading

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UK: Collective bargaining – no obligation on ‘de facto’ employer; risks of direct negotiation with employees

In Independent Workers Union of Great Britain v University of London the Central Arbitration Committee has decided that a union representing employees of an outsourcing company was not entitled to collectively bargain directly with the university to whom their services … Continue reading

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UK: Disability – employers acting on wrong assumptions about medical conditions risk perceived disability discrimination claims

Employers should take extra care when considering rejecting a job applicant because of a concern that a health condition is likely to deteriorate (even if that view is wrong). The statutory definition of disability includes progressive conditions which have an … Continue reading

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UK: Whistleblowing – rulings on claims against colleagues working abroad, the importance of the employer’s and whistleblower’s motivation, and scope of remedy for detriment

In its first ruling on the issue, the EAT has ruled that an employee can bring a whistleblowing detriment claim in an English employment tribunal against their colleagues working overseas provided the “substantial connection” test (previously only applied to claims … Continue reading

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UK: Termination payments – changes to tax treatment from 6 April 2018

Employers currently contemplating or negotiating termination agreements should be aware of changes to the tax regime which will apply for the 2018-19 tax year onwards. The expectation was that these will apply to payments received from 6 April 2018, although … Continue reading

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