HONG KONG: WHO IS THE APPROPRIATE COMPARATOR IN DETERMINING UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION?

As discussed in our most recent Safety Snapshot, managing an employee’s return to work after an extended absence can be a difficult process. Without careful management, employers may breach discrimination protections afforded to employees. In a recent decision, the Court helpfully set out the guidance on how to avoid unlawful discrimination when selecting an employee … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – September 2021

Our September update covers the following: upcoming changes in Singapore, including workplace discrimination and the requirement to notify the Ministry of Manpower of any retrenchments (a change from the previous requirement to notify after 5 employees had been made redundant in a six month period) – see here changes to the PRC social security regime for … Read more

UK: tribunal rules that requiring office-based working to the disadvantage of employees who care for disabled dependents can be unlawful indirect discrimination

A first instance tribunal decision has ruled that UK law should be read as prohibiting a policy which indirectly discriminates against an employee who cares for a disabled person, for example due to a lack of flexibility over hours or location of work. Currently, discrimination because of association with a person with a protected characteristic … Read more

REMOTE/CONTROLLED = THE NEW TRUST EQUATION: THE FUTURE OF WORK REPORT 2021

Radical upheavals in working life are taking hold at a global level as remote and hybrid working leave lasting changes across industries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, employers are more inclined to advocate about geopolitical and social issues, use technology to manage and monitor the new ways of working, and adopt … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Don’t you know that you’re toxic?

Don’t you know that you’re toxic? How to spot a toxic culture in the workplace We are introducing a new mini-series within our Employment Espresso pods looking at how to respond to and how to prevent sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace. In our first episode we look at toxic culture in the … Read more

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

South Africa: protect employees against sexual harassment or face the consequences

Despite a comprehensive legal framework to deal with sexual harassment at work, it continues to run rampant in the workplace. Businesses cannot turn a blind eye to sexual harassment allegations in the workplace. They need to take proactive steps to protect employees and deal with any alleged instances of sexual harassment. It’s clear that despite … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – August 2021

Our August update focuses on health and safety obligations across Greater China: in the wake of another high profile sexual harassment in the workplace allegation, what are employers’ obligations in relation to preventing sexual harassment in the PRC?  An overview, including the new Shenzhen Sexual Harassment Behaviour Guide, is available here. employee mental health and … Read more

Australia: Technology in the Workplace – Friend or Foe?

The changes that have been thrust upon employers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the speed with which employers have adapted to them, have undeniably transformed the world of work. Technology has been at the core of much of this. It seems hard to fathom now, but 18 months ago many of us … Read more