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

Hong Kong: HR Agenda for the year of the OX

Last year was full of the unexpected. In this bulletin, our Hong Kong employment team reflects on some key themes that emerged last year and considers how these will keep Hong Kong employers busy in the year ahead. Health and safety As the global pandemic continues, worker health and safety will continue to dictate working … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update January 2021

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2021 is a brighter and better one for all. Our first Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update of 2021 covers: the recent Supreme Court decision in Thailand, that found that forwarding confidential work documents to a personal email account amounted to disclosure, even though there was no evidence that the documents … Read more