The UK general election 2019 – what lies ahead for employment law?

Employment rights have been a key political battleground during both the Brexit process and the current general election campaign and, unsurprisingly, the approaches of the two main political parties are very different.  On Brexit, the Conservatives seek to reserve the right to deviate from EU employment laws while also committing to maintain high standards of … Read more

Future of Work: Adapting to the democratised workplace

The new world of work: report warns of an unprecedented rise in workplace activism Across all sectors and geographies workers are becoming more vocal in articulating their views – about the workplace, their employer and about wider social issues – and increasingly holding organisations to account, enabled and amplified by social media. This trend is … Read more

Abu Dhabi Global Market issues new employment regulations

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”) has issued new employment regulations (the “New Regulations”), which will come into effect on 1 January 2020 and repeal the existing 2015 employment regulations (the “2015 Regulations”). The New Regulations can be read in full here. This follows hot on the heels of the introduction of a new employment … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update November 2019

This month’s update looks at: the rise of “patahara” (paternity related harassment) in Japan, in particular the most recent legal challenge considering this issue; in Singapore, the Government’s upcoming plans to increase the retirement age and re-employment age and what employers need to do to prepare; the Indonesian government’s proposal to reform the existing labour … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update October 2019

The October monthly update looks at: in Singapore, the upcoming changes to compensation limit increases in the Work Injury Compensation Act; a recent regulation that widens the number of available positions that expatriate workers can hold in Indonesia; a Hong Kong District Court decision that considered whether conduct justifying summary dismissal can act as a … Read more

UK: EHRC publish new best practice guidance on use of confidentiality agreements (or “NDAs”) in discrimination cases

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has this week published new Guidance on the use of confidentiality agreements in discrimination cases.  The Guidance is non-statutory and much of its content is expressed to be ‘good practice’ rather than setting out legal requirements.  Key recommendations include that in most cases employers should not use confidentiality agreements … Read more