Spain: new regulations on equality plans and equal pay between men and women

On 14 October Spain’s Official State Journal (BOE) published two new Royal Decrees on equality: Royal Decree 902/2020, of 13 October, on equal pay between women and men (RD 902/2020) and Royal Decree 901/2020, of 13 October, which regulates equality plans and their registration and which modifies Royal Decree 713/2010, of 28 May, on the … Read more

Hong Kong: Resignation, Repudiation or Dismissal?

In the recent decision of Lam Sin Yi Sindy v Leung King Wai William [2020] HKCFI 2525, the plaintiff challenged her former employer’s treatment of the termination of employment as a resignation. The decision is a useful reminder of the legal principles in relation to valid notice of termination and the perils of accepting a resignation given … Read more

UK COVID-19: new rules on redundancy and notice pay for furloughed employees

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) begins to wind down through to 31 October 2020 with increasing levels of employer contribution, more employers are having to consider the issue of redundancies.  Two recent Government announcements will be key to these considerations: new regulations which came into force on 31 July 2020 have changed the … Read more

UK: employer required to pay outstanding sums under settlement agreement despite employee’s breach of confidentiality clause

A recent EAT decision highlights that employers should consider expressly stating that a confidentiality clause in a COT3 or settlement agreement is a condition and/or requiring the repayment of an appropriate amount in the event of breach, particularly if confidentiality is of key importance to the employer. In Duchy Farm Kennels v Steels, the High … Read more

UK COVID-19: People: Chancellor extends furlough scheme until end of October

The Chancellor has just announced in Parliament that: the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue without change until the end of July the Scheme will remain in place and available to all sectors through to the end of October, but from August there will be greater flexibility. Employers currently using the scheme will be able … Read more

UK: High Court rulings on duty of care to protect against economic loss

In Rihan v Ernst & Young (Global) Ltd, the High Court awarded a former partner of Ernst & Young (EY) damages exceeding $11 million, broadly equating to past and future earnings for the rest of his career. The claimant, Mr Rihan, was a whistleblower who publicly disclosed suspected irregularities arising out of an audit for … Read more