UK: Government seeks employer views on disability workforce reporting

Further to its National Disability Strategy published in July 2021, the Government is now consulting until 25 March 2022 on the case for mandatory workforce reporting on disability by large employers (with 250 or more employees). Views are sought from employers and disabled employees on the current voluntary framework and how reporting could be increased, … Read more

COVID HEALTH PASS: A REVIEW ACROSS 33 JURISDICTIONS

There are many different rules and regulations governing how employees return to the physical workplace, following the upheaval of Covid-19, and how to ensure the health and safety of workforces. Do employees need to provide proof of a double vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from COVID-19?  The law is rapidly changing and varies … Read more

UK: unionised employers can make direct offer of new terms to workers provided the collective bargaining process has been exhausted

The Supreme Court has ruled that a unionised employer’s direct offer of new terms to workers will not be an unlawful inducement to opt out of collective bargaining, provided the collective bargaining process has been exhausted. In Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley the employer made two separate offers directly to workers after its offer had been … Read more

UK: dismissal for questioning a colleague’s competence in connection with a protected disclosure was not automatically unfair

Dismissal is automatically unfair where the principal reason for the dismissal is a protected disclosure.  Where employers take exception to the way in which a claimant makes their disclosure, or the surrounding conversations or conduct, the key issue becomes whether this can properly be separated, as the reason for dismissal, from the disclosure itself.  If … 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