UK: mini-budget highlights for employers (updated)

This email has been updated to reflect subsequent changes reversing some of the announcements included in the mini-budget. The Chancellor has announced the following changes of particular interest to HR and employment lawyers: Changes to income tax and NICs rates From 6 November 2022 the 1.25% increase to the rate of National Insurance Contributions introduced … Read more

Global Employment Risk: An interactive guide

Since the onset of the pandemic, our global employment team has been monitoring the level and changing nature of risks around the world.  Whilst some trends have accelerated i.e. whistleblowing regulations, there are some new and important developments that pose significant employment risks. We have mapped these across the major financial centers using an interactive … Read more

UK: summer update on employment law reform proposals

Those expecting the usual crop of government consultations on employment law reform to be rushed out before the summer recess will be disappointed this year; most of the ‘to do’ list (here) remains untouched, with just a few exceptions: The Government has finally published its response to the 2018 employment status consultation (which formed part … Read more

Future Of Consumer APAC: Employee engagement trends in the consumer sector

Fatim Jumabhoy and Shivchand Jhinku focus their predictions on four key areas, particularly as consumer companies grapple with their post-covid positions, including managing employee wellbeing, return to work issues, increasing bullying and harassment claims and the rise in employee activism. They note some surprising trends and research outcomes, including the interdependency between each of the … Read more

Germany: Action required – new information requirements mean many employment contracts need to be adapted

As of August 2022, the EU Directive 2019/1152 on “transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union (Working Conditions Directive)” will be transposed into German law. This is intended to make the specific terms and conditions of employment even more transparent for the individual employee. The implementation takes place through the extension of the … Read more

Australia: Top 10 Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety trends – 2021

2021 has been another turbulent year in the employment, industrial relations and safety space in Australia. We’re proud to have worked with our clients on some of their most challenging people issues including the development of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, and underpayments. As we move into 2022 … Read more

Australia: Final call for casual conversion

Employers have just one month left to take action to comply with the new casual conversion provisions under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). In this article, we provide a recap on the changes to casual conversion, key timeframes for employers, and the steps that employers must take before 27 September 2021. Read more