HR support for SMEs

  1. On 21st February 2022 there were 38,400 new cases of Coronavirus in the UK, and a total of 309,200 cases over the previous 7 days. On 21st February 2022 there were also 30 deaths and a total of over 1000 deaths in the previous 7 days related to Covid-19. We review the removal of Covid […]

  2. We review the recent case of a worker who lost her discrimination claim after stopping going to work over Covid concerns. She had claimed that her fear of contracting the virus was a ‘protected belief’ under the Equality Act after an employer withheld the worker’s wages. Background to Recent Covid Discrimination Claim The claimant concerned, […]

  3. On 11th November 2021 amendments to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 came into force, mandating full vaccination of staff employed in registered care homes, unless they are exempt. The new rules also extend to any professionals visiting the homes, for example, inspectors, tradespeople, social workers and hairdressers. We review these recent amendments and […]

  4. In 2020, the Government consulted on the introduction of new Carer’s Leave into workplaces to support employees with caring responsibilities. It seems likely that this will be passed into law but the timeframes are not yet clear. The current Government stance is that it will be implemented when ‘parliamentary time allows’ however it is useful […]

  5. Fire and rehire has been a hot topic this year and the latest instalment was the publication on November 11th of ACAS guidance on achieving contractual changes without employees being dismissed and rehired. What is Fire and Rehire? Fire and rehire is the term used to describe the practice where businesses dismiss their employees and […]

  6. Research carried out by the Fawcett Society, a charity that campaigns for gender equality and woman’s rights, has highlighted the challenges faced by women going through the menopause. The research was focused on the UK’s financial services industry. Menopause Research For many, the menopause occurs at just the point at which the opportunity to reach […]

  7. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there have been significantly fewer developments in the field of HR and Employment Law than in previous years, with several initiatives, such as some recommendations of the Good Work Plan, postponed indefinitely. However, as the country edges closer to normality, it is expected that we will see some Employment Law […]

  8. Following on from our previous article where we discussed new legislation being brought in by the Government making it unlawful for workers to enter care homes who have not received both vaccinations from 11th November 2021 onwards, we review what practical steps employers should be taking relating to unvaccinated workers. This is not limited to […]