UK: dismissal for refusal to formally progress multiple grievances could be fair

Employers should tread carefully where an employee raises a grievance but is unwilling to progress it formally.  This can be understandable and not uncommon in relation to bullying or harassment allegations, and sensitivity is required in handling such cases.  However, in other contexts, it may well be unreasonable for an employee to raise numerous complaints … Read more

UK: failure to offer appeal against redundancy/SOSR dismissals is not inevitably unfair

The statutory Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures requires employers to offer employees a right of appeal for misconduct or poor performance dismissals;  a failure to do so will render the dismissal unfair in addition to potentially increasing the compensation awarded.   The fact that the Code expressly does not apply to redundancy, … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – September 2021

Our September update covers the following: upcoming changes in Singapore, including workplace discrimination and the requirement to notify the Ministry of Manpower of any retrenchments (a change from the previous requirement to notify after 5 employees had been made redundant in a six month period) – see here changes to the PRC social security regime for … Read more

South Africa: how to manage long COVID in the workplace

Discovery Health’s Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence, Doctor Noluthando Nematswerani, said “Long COVID affects every aspect of life, it affects one’s mental health and one’s ability to focus and work, and could have economic consequences too. This is why it’s so important that we acknowledge the prevalence and growing awareness around Long COVID.” … Read more

South Africa: mandatory vaccinations – can employees be dismissed for declining a jab?

On 2 September 2021, it was reported that Discovery, South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator, will make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory from the start of 2022. The report notes that the mandatory vaccination policy recognises an employee’s right to object to the vaccination and will include a process to consider the employee’s health, religious and other … Read more