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: recent cases provide insights into level of fines for health and safety offences by very large organisations

Since February 2016, judges imposing fines for Corporate Manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety offences have been required to follow a methodology set out in the Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guideline (the “Guideline”). The stated aims of the Guideline included increasing the level of fines imposed on larger companies and providing greater certainty. Whilst … 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

Employment Espresso Pods: Non Competes and Big Blue Dinosaurs

In our next episode, the team looks at non-competes; the current status of the law in this area and the proposed changes the Government is considering; what are the practical implications of these changes? Speakers Please contact any of our speakers if you would like to discuss this podcast and any of the issues discussed: 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: Supreme Court rules that equal pay comparators can be at a different establishment where their terms are not dependent on location

Equal pay claimants can choose as comparators colleagues working at one of their employer’s establishments in a different location provided they are on “common terms”; the Supreme Court has now confirmed that the purpose of this test is only to exclude colleagues whose terms are different for geographical (or possibly historical) reasons.  The ruling also … 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