UK: mini-budget highlights for employers

The Chancellor has announced the following changes of particular interest to HR and employment lawyers: Changes to income tax and NICs rates From 6 November 2022 the 1.25% increase to the rate of National Insurance Contributions introduced in April 2022 will be reversed. NIC rates will revert to 2% and 12% for employee’s NICs and … Read more

UK: tribunal rulings extend scope of protected philosophical beliefs

Employers should keep a watchful eye on the steady stream of cases challenging the boundaries of the protection for philosophical and religious beliefs.  Employee activism and use of social media mean the potential for a clash of opposing beliefs in the workplace will only increase; a considered, sensitive response that does not take sides will … Read more

UK: pandemic-related leave policy was not discriminatory

Employers who put in place advantageous leave policies for those needing to shield or look after children during the pandemic lockdowns will not be liable for discrimination claims just because the policy could have been even more favourable. In Cowie v Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, employees were offered a new type of discretionary paid leave … Read more

Regulation in Focus EP8: Whistleblowing update

The latest edition of our Regulation in Focus podcast series features Jenny Andrews, an Of Counsel in our Employment team and Charles McGrath, a Senior Associate in our contentious FSR practice in London. Jenny and Charles remind listeners about the statutory and regulatory whistleblowing framework in the UK before summarising some interesting recent case law … Read more

Global Employment Risk: An interactive guide

Since the onset of the pandemic, our global employment team has been monitoring the level and changing nature of risks around the world.  Whilst some trends have accelerated i.e. whistleblowing regulations, there are some new and important developments that pose significant employment risks. We have mapped these across the major financial centers using an interactive … Read more

UK: recent decisions highlight importance of employers checking PHI terms

A recent Court of Appeal ruling reiterates the need for employers to ensure contractual terms setting out PHI entitlement are appropriately limited – and to take advice before making changes to PHI insurance. The ruling in Amdocs Systems Group v Langton makes clear that an employer wishing to limit PHI benefits to whatever is covered … Read more

Recent employment law developments (England & Wales)

Below are links to some of our recent blog posts on employment law developments covering the state of play on employment law reform proposals, discrimination, unfair dismissal, financial services developments and other topics. Please click through for further details and do get in touch with your usual HSF contact if you would like to discuss … Read more