UK: Maternity redundancy protection proposals and health and safety guidance

The Women and Equalities Select Committee has published its response to the government’s consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents, supporting the proposed extension to cover the period from notification of pregnancy to six months after return from maternity leave, and agreeing its extension to other types of longer parental leave. It also recommended that large … Read more

Philippines: Working from home enshrined in legislation

On 20 December 2018 the Filipino President Duterte signed off on the Telecommuting Act, Republic Act No. 11165 (the Act), which has been informally dubbed the “working from home act”. The Act allows private sector employees to work flexibly from home or any place outside the office with an internet connection, in an effort to … Read more

UK: gender pay gap reporting deadline passes, new guidance published

The deadline for the second year’s gender pay gap reports has now passed, with roughly the same number of employers as last year’s total meeting the deadline (and almost half of them doing so in the last week).  Just over half of private companies have reported gaps that are higher or no lower than last … Read more

UK: communicating with employees on maternity leave

Employers should ensure they agree in advance how and how often they will communicate with an employee while on maternity leave (or indeed other periods of longer family-related leave), particularly if the employee will be at risk of redundancy during that period. In South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson, the EAT ruled … Read more

France: Recent and Upcoming Labour Reforms

Several important employment law reforms have come into force recently or will come into force shortly, both at the EU and French level. Below are some of the changes to expect for 2019: Read more

UK: proposals to extend redundancy protection for employees who are pregnant or returning from maternity leave

The Government has published a consultation until 5 April 2019 on proposals to extend the current period of protection for women on maternity leave during which they are given priority over any suitable alternative vacancies should their role be made redundant. (An employer’s failure to offer any such available vacancies renders the consequent redundancy dismissal … Read more