Employment law

Employment tribunals at breaking point

Employment tribunals are functioning at a snail’s pace, according to a survey from the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), threatening access to justice for both workers and employers.

What to do about employees’ offensive social media posts

Following England’s disappointing Euro 2020 final defeat, social media has seen a torrent of racial abuse aimed at Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka. This has been accompanied by a growing...

Pandemic drives UK businesses to improve parental leave

Employers are three times more likely to offer generous and extended parental leave than three years ago, according to new research by job site Indeed.

IR35 regs highlight need to clarify employment status

HR has been warned that HMRC are likely to challenge the status of more consultants following changes to IR35 regulations.

How to avoid employment tribunals on post-pandemic return to work

As the UK economy slowly reopens, businesses are still in the throes of planning for a return to the office. However, we are not returning to the same environment or way of working we left and that...

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Lifting of lockdown restrictions leaves employers apprehensive

The easing of lockdown restrictions on 19 July in England has worried employers, as the change to face covering and social distancing rules could divide the UK workforce.

Tight EU settled status deadline risks workplace fraud

Employers need to be wary of false identity documents following the deadline for EU workers to apply for settled status ending.

What is current best practice for working parents and carers?

In 2021, organisational best practice for working families and carers is about inclusivity, the journey to parenthood, and introducing ways to help employees communicate their needs.

Thousands of employers took advantage of job retention scheme

HMRC have carried out over 12,000 investigations relating to misuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO).

Same-sex parents need inclusivity drives

HR teams are always looking to create the most inclusive workplace cultures possible, but same-sex parents are likely to feel less supported.

Half of UK disabled mothers furloughed in pandemic

Disabled parents have faced greater disruptions to their work and income during the pandemic than non-disabled parents.

HR needs to think about equity, not equality

“If we focus on Black people, how is that fair to everyone else?” - A common concern expressed by both leadership and HR teams who are still grappling with the ‘what’ and the ‘how’.

Employment law