In celebration of International Women’s Day, classic cases and judicial reports have been released at both the national and local court levels to safeguard women’s employment rights and clarify employers’ obligations. In this update, we summarise the cases and reports. National classic case As highlighted in our previous update, the Law on the Protection of … Read more

UK: tribunal rulings re-emphasise need for balanced and nuanced approach when dealing with beliefs in the workplace

A run of recent tribunal and EAT cases highlights once again the challenges facing employers dealing with the expression of protected beliefs in and outside the workplace. A key takeaway is the importance of employers avoiding knee-jerk reactions, of investigating thoroughly and not simply assuming that, because some people have taken offence at the expression … Read more

Webinar recording: A regional comparison of AI in the workplace

Words of warning for employers: a regional comparison of AI in the workplace 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 new technology that will affect staff? We understand that these … Read more

Australia: Scrutinising the gaps – WGEA publishes private sector gender pay gaps

Recently, for the first time in Australia, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) revealed the gender pay gaps of nearly 5,000 individual private sector employers in Australia. The WGEA has used that data to publish its Employer Gender Pay Gaps Snapshot. The data, which covers the Gender Equality Reporting period from 1 April 2022 – … Read more

UK: recent rulings provide a reminder that employees with work-related stress may be able to satisfy the definition of disability

A couple of recent cases serve as a reminder that employees suffering work-related stress or anxiety may qualify as disabled for employment law purposes, meaning employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to any elements of the employee’s role which place them at a substantial disadvantage. Under the statutory definition, an individual is disabled … Read more

Balancing Acts – The Future of Work Report 2023

New challenges, new norms  Our last Future of Work report was written during a period of upheaval, with the Covid-19 pandemic necessitating new ways of working and social movements – including Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, #StopAsianHate and growing climate activism – changing expectations of internal and external stakeholders. Now the pandemic has abated but new … Read more

UK: changes to harassment law enacted; Acas draft statutory Code on Predictable Work Requests published

HR teams face a busy year updating policies, procedures and staff training to reflect legislative changes expected to come into force next year.  Several Private Members’ Bills have been enacted in recent months (including on carer’s leave, flexible work requests, predictable work requests and extended redundancy protection for pregnancy/family leave returners);  yesterday it was the … Read more

UK: Diversity and inclusion in the financial sector – driving change

In the next step in its drive to boost diversity and inclusion (D&I) in regulated firms, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published Consultation Paper 23/20 at the end of September setting out its proposals on new regulatory framework in respect of D&I in the financial sector (FCA CP). At the same time, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published its … Read more