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Our Employment Law specialists are dedicated to supporting you with plain-speaking legal advice, tailored to your individual situation. 

Your job might be the reason you get up in the morning or it might be the reason you can have fun at the weekends. Either way, it is important to you and when things go wrong at work, it can be stressful, exhausting and bewildering.

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    COVID-19 returning to work guide – “Freedom Day” FAQs

    On Monday, the government confirmed that from 19 July 2021 all restrictions will be lifted and there will be a return to “normal” life. From this date, most employers will need to decide what measures to enforce within the workplace. Whether you agree with the removal...

    Imposing contractual hours and Indirect Discrimination

    Balancing childcare responsibilities and work can be a challenge and the pandemic has added complications with the closure of schools and ongoing rules around self-isolation. During the peak of Covid-19, many organisations gave parents greater flexibility to work...

    Performance Management

    On 6 July, senior solicitor Katrine Clay and HR consultant Heidi Wadsworth, from Reality HR, will be hosting a seminar on performance management with a particular focus on managing performance in a post-Covid environment. Many employers are gearing up for a full...

    A Spotlight on the Fire and Re-Hire Practice

    The fire and re-hire practice has been used by many organisations over the past year to adjust to the ongoing pressures caused by the pandemic. British Gas and British Airways are just a few examples of high-profile organisations that have gained attention in the...

    Philosophical Belief Discrimination

    In the landmark judgment of Forstater v CGD Europe and Others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a gender critical belief is a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010. Background The Equality Act 2010 provides protection against...

    How far is too far when it comes to practical jokes in the workplace?

    In the recent case of Mr D Buchholz v GEZE UK Limited, the Employment Tribunal ruled that a manager had been unfairly dismissed after a cleaning company found arranged lines of sherbet on his desk which looked like an illegal substance. The Claimant admitted that he...

    Is Channel 4 the trailblazer for menopause at work policies?

    The menopause is a topical subject at the moment for employers. You may have noticed a lot of publicity around Channel 4’s recent decision to implement a menopause policy. Channel 4 has been transparent about this and made their policy widely available on their...

    Tribunal Awards Record Disability Discrimination Award

    In the case of Barrow v Kellogg Brown and Root (UK) Ltd, the Employment Tribunal has awarded £2.5million in a record discrimination award, the second largest disability discrimination award ever made by the Employment Tribunal. Barrow v Kellogg Brown and Root (UK) Ltd...

    IR35 Compliance in Practice

    Now a little over a month since the introduction of the Off-Payroll Rules, we’ve been reviewing what businesses have been doing in practice to ensure their compliance and some of the common issues that have been encountered. A summary of the Off-Payroll Rules can be...

    Addison Lee Worker Status

    In the recent case of Addison Lee Ltd v Lange and others [2021] EWCA Civ 594, Addison Lee sought to distinguish the Uber decision in relation to worker status (a summary of which can be found here. Summary The recent Supreme Court decision in Uber BV and others v...

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