UK Covid-19: update on latest employment law developments and cases; extended gender pay gap reporting deadline imminent

Below is a round-up of recent Covid-related developments. Changes to the self-isolation rules for double-jabbed workers came into force in England from 16 August.  Individuals who received their second dose of the vaccine at least 14 days earlier no longer need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of someone testing positive, but are … Read more

UK Covid-19: critical work self-isolation exemption; new guidance on hybrid working and Covid-19 status checks

Self-isolation exemption In light of the so-called ‘pingdemic’, the Government has recently introduced a limited exemption from self-isolation rules for critical services staff identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive. The exemption is limited to specific types of employers, only permits named fully-vaccinated workers to undertake critical work and subject to testing, … Read more

UK: regulators propose new diversity and inclusion requirements for financial services

The FCA, PRA and Bank of England (the regulators) have published a discussion paper (DP21/2) which aims to kick-start discussion on how the financial services sector, with the help of the regulators, can “accelerate the pace of meaningful change” in improving diversity and inclusion (D&I) within financial services firms. The policy options being considered in … Read more

UK Covid-19: new “Working Safely” guidance published, stressing the importance of ventilation, face coverings in enclosed crowded areas, and a phased return to the office

The new “Working Safely” guidance to apply from Step 4 of the Government”s Roadmap on Monday 19 July has been published here.  There is a general overview plus six sector-specific guides. The overview highlights the key point that businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks, in particular to carry out a health and … Read more

Recent UK employment law developments

Below are links to our recent blog posts on employment law developments over the last few months, covering discrimination, whistleblowing, working time, worker status and other topics.  Please do get in touch with your usual HSF contact if you would like to discuss the impact of any of these developments for your business. Read more

UK Covid-19: ‘Freedom Day’ to go ahead, but continuing precautions advised

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister confirmed that Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap will go ahead on Monday 19 July.  The legal rules on social distancing, social contact and face coverings and the instruction to work from home where possible will be lifted from that date, but the Government “expects and recommends a gradual return” … Read more