UK Covid-19: “work from home” guidance continues to 19 July; recent tribunal cases highlight issues for employers planning return to the workplace

Yesterday evening saw the postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ and the continuation of the ‘work from home if possible’ guidance, most probably until 19 July (subject to a review in two weeks’ time).  The news is disappointing for all and economically challenging for many, particularly given that it seems there will not be any delay to … Read more

Hong Kong Safety Snapshots: protections for ill and injured workers

Like many jurisdictions, Hong Kong has various statutory measures in place to protect injured workers. It can be complex in understanding the scope of various protections and what employers can and cannot do when managing the employment of an ill or injured employee. This Safety Snapshot highlights the key protections and provides practical tips for … Read more

UK: recent cases provide insights into level of fines for health and safety offences by very large organisations

Since February 2016, judges imposing fines for Corporate Manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety offences have been required to follow a methodology set out in the Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guideline (the “Guideline”). The stated aims of the Guideline included increasing the level of fines imposed on larger companies and providing greater certainty. Whilst … 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: Non Competes and Big Blue Dinosaurs

In our next episode, the team looks at non-competes; the current status of the law in this area and the proposed changes the Government is considering; what are the practical implications of these changes? Speakers Please contact any of our speakers if you would like to discuss this podcast and any of the issues discussed: Read more

Hong Kong Monetary Authority finalises principles for mandatory reference checking scheme to address “rolling bad apples” phenomenon

Following a three-month industry consultation period, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has released the Consultation Conclusions Paper on Implementation of Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme to Address the “Rolling Bad Apples” Phenomenon (Consultation Conclusions) dated 3 May 2021. Through the mandatory reference checking scheme (MRC Scheme), the HKMA will establish a common protocol for reference … Read more