Making flexible working the default

Making flexible working the default

This month, the government launched its consultation: “Making flexible working the default”. The consultation covers a number of changes to the existing flexible working legislation, including making the right to request flexible working a ‘day one’ right (as opposed...
Disabilities – when does an employer know?

Disabilities – when does an employer know?

When does an employer know they have a duty to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace to assist a disabled person with their ability to work? Are they aware of the employee’s disability? Should they know? Sometimes it is obvious, other times – less so. …a...
Failure to furlough made dismissal unfair

Failure to furlough made dismissal unfair

In the recent case of  Mhindurwa v Lovingangels Care Limited, an Employment Tribunal held that an employee, who was made redundant in the early months of the pandemic, was unfairly dismissed because her employer did not consider putting her on furlough leave. What was...
New duty to prevent sexual harassment

New duty to prevent sexual harassment

The UK Government has confirmed that it will introduce a new duty on employers to pro-actively prevent sexual harassment following its recent response to the 2019 Consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace. This development is not surprising in light of its...
Turning off Test & Trace at work

Turning off Test & Trace at work

With COVID case numbers still rising, some have dubbed the increase in notifications from the Test and Trace app as a ‘pingdemic’. Record numbers of people are being told to self-isolate. However, the increasing number of people being contacted has sparked food...
Pregnancy loss – how employers can help

Pregnancy loss – how employers can help

In an effort to support employees who have experienced pregnancy loss, Channel 4 launched a dedicated pregnancy loss policy in April. It is designed to support both male and female employees through pregnancy loss – which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage,...