UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Read more

UK: New publications

GEO new guide for employers on Recruitment and Retention of Transgender Staff. Guidance from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on how public authorities and companies offering outsourced public services can maintain ethical standards, including recommendations to implement a code of conduct, training and performance reviews. Acas Guide on Disability discrimination: key points for the … Read more

UK: Contract – Supreme Court clarifies test for implying terms

The Supreme Court has recently clarified the law on when the court can imply a term that the parties have not expressly included in their contract, endorsing the traditional approach that the term either must be so obvious as to go without saying or must be necessary to give business efficacy to the contract. Further … Read more

UK: Disability discrimination – cases highlight recruitment risks for employers in relation to references and interviews

Where a prospective employer receives an unsatisfactory reference about an applicant's suitability for a role, in circumstances where they have been given information about the applicant's medical treatment and absences from work suggesting disability may be in issue, the prospective employer should enquire further to ascertain whether the reason for the negative opinion is the … Read more

UK: Disability discrimination – duty to make reasonable adjustments to attendance management policy

Employers should take particular care when applying an attendance management policy to disabled employees. Overruling previous EAT authority (see our blog post), the Court of Appeal has confirmed that employers are subject to a duty to make reasonable adjustments to an attendance management policy where an employee's disability makes them more likely to be absent … Read more

Australia: Fair Work Amendment Act 2015 – Summary of Changes

The Fair Work Amendment Act 2015 (Cth) (FW Amendment Act) came into force on 27 November 2015 and amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). This article summarises the key changes to the FW Act made by the FW Amendment Act and considers further reform that may be proposed by the Federal Government. Read more