UK: failure to contact Acas before proposing dismissal and re-engagement will be breach of statutory code under revised draft

The Government has published a revised draft of its proposed statutory code on dismissal and re-engagement, following consultation on an earlier draft last year.  It now awaits parliamentary approval, and the Government expects to bring it into force ‘later in the Summer’.  The draft has been extensively re-ordered and duplication removed in response to criticism … Read more

UK: external job applicants cannot claim whistleblowing detriment

In welcome news for employers, the EAT has ruled in Sullivan v Isle of White Council that external job applicants cannot bring a whistleblowing detriment claim against a prospective employer (other than the NHS, which is expressly covered to protect patient safety). The claimant had sought to argue that the European Convention of Human Rights’ … Read more

UK: French Regulator’s €32 million fine against Amazon France Logistique demonstrates the high bar for justifying intrusive monitoring of employees

Background: Amazon France Logistique (“AFL“), a subsidiary of Amazon EU SARL, is responsible for managing Amazon’s large French distribution centres (where parcels are received, stored and prepared for delivery). Employees in AFL warehouses were required to use individual scanners, which continually collect data on (i) how quickly items are scanned and (ii) how much downtime … Read more

Webinar: A regional comparison of AI in the workplace

Words of warning for employers: a regional comparison of AI in the workplace Tuesday, 20 February 2024, East and West time zones accommodated. As the digital revolution accelerates, employers are eagerly adopting new technologies with significant impacts on the workforce. Are you part of the 20% of employers who never consult employee representatives before introducing a … Read more

UK: draft regulations on paternity leave changes published

The Government has published draft regulations setting out the changes it proposes for those taking statutory paternity leave where the expected week of childbirth (or expected date of placement or entry into Great Britain for adoption) starts on or after 6 April 2024. Currently employees can take only one period of paternity leave, electing to … Read more

UK: final version of Acas flexible working code published

Acas has published a revised version of its updated statutory code on dealing with flexible work requests, for parliamentary approval. It is expected to be brought into force in April 2024 along with the changes to the flexible working request regime (discussed here).  A lot of the changes from the initial draft code issued for … Read more