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

UK: Supreme Court rules that equal pay comparators can be at a different establishment where their terms are not dependent on location

Equal pay claimants can choose as comparators colleagues working at one of their employer’s establishments in a different location provided they are on “common terms”; the Supreme Court has now confirmed that the purpose of this test is only to exclude colleagues whose terms are different for geographical (or possibly historical) reasons.  The ruling also … Read more

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: ECJ clarifies when periods of standby are ‘working time’

Employers who engage workers on standby or on-call shifts will welcome the clarity provided by two recent European Court of Justice rulings.  The ECJ has ruled that on-call or standby time should not be viewed as working time under the Working Time Directive (relevant to calculating the maximum working week, rest breaks and rest periods) … Read more

UK: Court of Appeal rules on employer limits on public expression of beliefs

The Court of Appeal has made clear that employers may be able to expect individuals, particularly those holding high profile positions, to accept some limitations on how they express their beliefs in public on matters of particular sensitivity. The extent to which limitations are justified will be fact-specific, depending on striking a fair balance between … Read more