UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers to 31 March 2021

    The pandemic has presented a constant challenge for employers in keeping up with frequent changes to rules and guidance.  As the restrictions now start to ease, we set out below a summary of recent developments: Although the “stay at home” instruction has been lifted from 29 March 2021, individuals are still asked to minimise travel … Read more

    UK: Supreme Court landmark ruling that contractual terms are not the starting point for determining worker status – instead, a purposive approach to the legislation should be taken

    On Friday the Supreme Court upheld the Employment Tribunal’s 2016 ruling in favour of two test claimants that, as Uber drivers, they were ‘limb (b)’ workers entitled to statutory holiday and minimum wage rights for their working time (including all the time spent in the agreed territory, logged into the app and ready and willing … Read more

    UK: ECJ widens scope for disability discrimination claims

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that direct disability discrimination may be established if the criterion for less favourable treatment is inextricably linked to disability.  The difference in treatment does not have to be in comparison with a non-disabled worker: it can be between disabled workers, for example where treatment differs according to different … 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

    EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: implications for employment law

    The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”) agreed between the UK and the EU on 24 December 2020 opens up the possibility of changes to EU-derived employment law.  Last week the Government made clear that it has no current intentions to push through changes in the short term; longer term, the likelihood of changes depends both … Read more

    UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes concerning CJRS claims and lockdown rules

    Employers claiming for furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) need to keep a close eye on deadlines. Monthly deadlines for claims must be now met unless an employer has a ‘reasonable excuse’ for a late claim (see here);  the next deadline is 15 February 2021.  More imminent is the deadline for applying … Read more