UK Covid-19: “work from home” guidance continues to 19 July; recent tribunal cases highlight issues for employers planning return to the workplace

Yesterday evening saw the postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ and the continuation of the ‘work from home if possible’ guidance, most probably until 19 July (subject to a review in two weeks’ time).  The news is disappointing for all and economically challenging for many, particularly given that it seems there will not be any delay to … Read more

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers

Below is a round-up of key Covid-related developments for employers over the last six weeks: The Prime Minister has just confirmed that Step 3 of the roadmap for relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on Monday 17 May as planned.  The Prime Minister had earlier confirmed plans to lift the ‘work-from-home’ guidance for England … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Workplace Mental Wellness

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW21, Tim Leaver is joined by Sam Brown, a partner in our Pensions team and UK Regional Head of Employment, Pensions & Incentives for a discussion on workplace mental health and wellness, how the pandemic has impacted our wellbeing and awareness of our mental health and they share tips and … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update April 2021

This month the Asia EPI bulletin starts with a look at a new case in Singapore in which an employee was awarded SGD $1.4million in damages for unlawful dismissal. A timely reminder to ensure that employers follow due process when terminating employment, even in supposedly employee-friendly jurisdictions. You can read the case update here. Continuing … Read more

Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: Mandating and Tracking Employee Vaccinations

We have seen now different countries rolling out various COVID-19 vaccinations. Employers and employees are keen to see some sort of semblance of how things were or at least a lifting of restrictions, but with such novel vaccines there are many questions that are still unanswered. By now, many Hong Kong employers will have established … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Return to work: Jabs, Tests & Psychedelic Zebras

We are delighted to launch a new podcast series: “Employment Espresso Pods” Join Herbert Smith Freehills’ Employment team for a coffee catch up as they discuss current hot topics impacting the employment sphere. In this, first episode, the team looks at returning to work in the UK following the Covid-19 pandemic. They tackle issues including … Read more

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers to 31 March 2021

The pandemic has presented a constant challenge for employers in keeping up with frequent changes to rules and guidance.  As the restrictions now start to ease, we set out below a summary of recent developments: Although the “stay at home” instruction has been lifted from 29 March 2021, individuals are still asked to minimise travel … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update March 2021

It’s March already, and we’ve marked yet another International Women’s Day, albeit in a much more muted fashion this year. The employment landscape across Asia remains buoyant, with a number of key changes afoot. Over in India, a major overhaul of the national labour laws sees the key pieces of legislation consolidated. Of the four … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update February 2021

Our February edition of the Asia employment law e-bulletin begins with a look at changes to Vietnam’s Labour Code. The much awaited changes have now taken effect, and a Presidential Decree was issued to provide guidance on implementation. Read the Decree, and understand its implications, here. Over in the PRC, an explosion at a gold … Read more