UK: Government announcements on flexible work requests, carer’s leave and tips

Last week the Government published three consultation documents concerning proposed employment law reforms: a new consultation on changes to flexible work requests, and two consultation responses confirming the introduction of carer’s unpaid leave and rules on tips, both to be introduced “when parliamentary time allows”.  Employers should be aware that these changes are on the … 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

HONG KONG SAFETY SNAPSHOTS: MANAGING AN EMPLOYEE’S RETURN TO WORK

As discussed in a previous Snapshot, when employees are absent from work due to injury or illness, it can also significantly impact business operations. Following an employee’s prolonged absence, the next challenge is to ensure a successful transition back to work. This Safety Snapshot highlights the key considerations for employers in balancing their legal duties, … 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

UK: EAT rules that judicial notice should still be taken of “childcare disparity” in establishing group disadvantage for indirect sex discrimination claims

Employers should be alert to the risk of indirect sex discrimination claims when requiring flexible work schedules, particularly if these involve changeable or unsociable hours.  The EAT has confirmed in Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust that female employees seeking to show that a requirement for flexible hours is indirectly discriminatory may … Read more

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers

Below is a round-up of key Covid-related developments for employers over the last six weeks: The Prime Minister has just confirmed that Step 3 of the roadmap for relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on Monday 17 May as planned.  The Prime Minister had earlier confirmed plans to lift the ‘work-from-home’ guidance for England … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Workplace Mental Wellness

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW21, Tim Leaver is joined by Sam Brown, a partner in our Pensions team and UK Regional Head of Employment, Pensions & Incentives for a discussion on workplace mental health and wellness, how the pandemic has impacted our wellbeing and awareness of our mental health and they share tips and … Read more

Employment Espresso Pods: Return to work: Jabs, Tests & Psychedelic Zebras

We are delighted to launch a new podcast series: “Employment Espresso Pods” Join Herbert Smith Freehills’ Employment team for a coffee catch up as they discuss current hot topics impacting the employment sphere. In this, first episode, the team looks at returning to work in the UK following the Covid-19 pandemic. They tackle issues including … Read more