Employment law

Pandemic highlights need for gender inclusive parental leave

Volvo's announcement of 24 weeks paid parental leave for all genders highlights the shift in business mindset when it comes to employee benefits.

Are we turning back the clock on workers’ rights in the UK?

Brexit, the pandemic, opportunistic employers and an, at best, lackadaisical government are all contributing to an erosion of employee rights which must be tackled.

Long COVID – is it the new Yuppie Flu?

COVID-19 is not just a disease of the lungs. In the initial (acute) phase of the illness, severe COVID-19 can cause pneumonia and respiratory failure, which can result in permanent damage and scarring...

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Do you need a coronavirus vaccine before attending the workplace?

With the UK’s adult population set to have been offered their first COVID-19 vaccination by the end of July, many employers are considering what their policy on vaccinations should be.

What are the alternatives to non-compete restrictions?

In December 2020, the UK government launched a consultation on reforming post-termination non-compete restrictions to encourage more competition in the employment market.

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Gender equality is the largest challenge post-coronavirus

Data is already showing that the risk of a She-cession as a result of the pandemic is real. Not only have women taken on more responsibilities at home – schooling and caring for children and elderly...

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Pandemic's low pay to have long-lasting effect on retail

UK supermarket workers have been most effected by low earnings since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to The Living Wage Foundation.

Poor pay of Deliveroo drivers puts gig economy into question

Some workers at food delivery service Deliveroo are making as little as £2 an hour during a shift, according to an report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Consultation closed: What’s next for non-compete covenants?

To support the UK’s economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 the government has been looking to boost innovation across many sectors, from encouraging the diffusion of ideas, to creating the...

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Goldman Sachs 'inhuman' work hours shows need for HR

Employees at investment bank Goldman Sachs have spoken out over the working conditions they have experienced during their first year at the company, saying they were averaging 95-hour work weeks.

The risks of coronavirus-related health and safety concerns in the workplace

In the UK, nearly half of whistleblower reports made by employees to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) between March 2020 and November 2020 related to employers’ failure to implement adequate...

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Supreme Court's decision on care workers' pay offers HR clarity

The Supreme Court has ruled UK care workers who have to sleep at their workplace during their shift are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for their whole shift.

Employment law