UK: Government to review SMCR rules as part of Edinburgh Reforms

Our Financial Services Regulatory team have prepared a series of webcasts examining the sweeping reforms to the UK financial services sector recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt – known as “the Edinburgh Reforms.” The webcasts explain: • what the key proposals are; • who they might impact; • next steps and … Read more

UK: employers may need to consider adjustments to redundancy selection process for disabled employees, but can take into account impact on other at-risk employees

Employers may need to consider adjustments for employees with mental impairments when using interviews to select for redundancy, but this will not necessarily require the employee simply to be slotted into an available alternative role without interview, where this would impact on other at-risk employees. In Hilaire v Luton Borough Council, the EAT ruled that … Read more

UK: workplace challenges in the metaverse

The law on harassment, discrimination and privacy of workers is well established online and in the office. But applying these rules in the metaverse will still raise some novel risks and challenges For technology enthusiasts, the advent of the metaverse – an expanding 3D virtual universe where you experience a digital life as an avatar … Read more

UK: Internal grievance report could not retrospectively acquire legal privilege

Employers should bear in mind that internal grievance investigation reports will usually not be privileged and so will be disclosable at tribunal. A recent EAT ruling held that the original version of an internal report, which was not privileged at the time it was prepared, did not later acquire legal advice privilege simply because comparison … Read more

Australia: Victorian Fair Jobs Code: New rules for businesses tendering for Victorian Government contracts

What is the Code? The Victorian Fair Jobs Code is being introduced by the Victorian Government to ensure that suppliers tendering for Victorian Government procurement contracts and businesses applying for significant business expansion grants are treating their workers “fairly” and are abiding by industrial laws and relevant health & safety regulations. Under the Code, suppliers … Read more

Australia: WA Government’s response to ‘Enough is Enough’

On 21 September 2022 the WA Government tabled its response (Response) to the ‘Enough is Enough’ report (Report) made by the Western Australian Parliament’s Community Development and Justice Standing Committee following the Inquiry into sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry (Inquiry). Read more

The Third Wheel Podcast Series: ESG in Australia Episode 21 – The role of challenge, discomfort and humility in positive workplace cultures with Professor Brock Bastian

By Nerida Jessup and Drew Pearson  In this episode, our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team take the wheel, with Nerida Jessup and Drew Pearson hosting special guest, Professor Brock Bastian, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne. They build upon an earlier episode and the concept that good work is good for people, by delving into some of the … Read more