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

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update – July 2022

Our July update covers the following: In the PRC Supreme People’s Court has published seven guiding employment cases which will be used as reference by people’s courts at all levels when trying similar cases. Click here to read a summary of those cases. In Indonesia, we take a look at guidance issued by the Directorate … Read more

UK: dismissal for whistleblower’s manner or conduct may not be automatically unfair even if the whistleblower’s behaviour was not objectively unreasonable

Employers will welcome the decision of the Court of Appeal upholding the EAT’s decision in Kong v Gulf International Bank (summarised here).  Subject to any further appeal to the Supreme Court, the ruling confirms that an employer may be able to successfully defend a whistleblowing dismissal claim if it can show that its genuine reason … Read more

UK: summer update on employment law reform proposals

Those expecting the usual crop of government consultations on employment law reform to be rushed out before the summer recess will be disappointed this year; most of the ‘to do’ list (here) remains untouched, with just a few exceptions: The Government has finally published its response to the 2018 employment status consultation (which formed part … Read more

UK: protection for ‘beliefs’ may cover a limited right to express a belief, but not misgendering vulnerable clients

Two cases this month illustrate the challenges employers face in relation to employees expressing or manifesting beliefs on sensitive topics which have the potential to upset or cause offence to colleagues.  Previous case law has established that the potential for offence will not prevent philosophical beliefs from being protected within the Equality Act, with the … Read more

Australia: Increasing WorkSafe oversight and decreasing NDAs – Victorian Government responds to recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment

This week, the Victorian Government released its response to the recommendations of the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment. In its response, the Victorian Government has acknowledged that work-related gendered violence and workplace sexual harassment are OHS issues, and accepted 21 of the Taskforce’s 26 recommendations (either entirely, or in part or in principle). Read more