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Legal Issues – Queen’s speech 2022 – Employment Law Implications

The Queen’s Speech is read out in the House of Lords every year on the State Opening of Parliament. The purpose of the speech is to set out the calendar of legislation that the government intends to put forward in the parliamentary session.

May 12, 2022

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Legal Issues – NI domestic abuse leave

Northern Ireland has introduced a form of paid leave for the victims of domestic abuse. The newly passed Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill will entitle victims to ten days off work in a year as a day one right.

April 13, 2022

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Legal Issues – Vexatious litigants

People who repeatedly bring spurious and unfounded claims before a court or tribunal are often referred to as vexatious litigants. While not always the case it seems that the motivations of these individuals is to cause as much frustration and annoyance to their former employer and other parties that they throw some money at the claim to make it go away.

March 25, 2022

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Legal Issues – Government funding to boost your business?

Diversity improves economic performance, with equal opportunities for workers of all genders, ages, races and abilities

March 23, 2022

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Legal Issues – SSP reverts back to normal

In December 2021 the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 that were introduced by the DWP and HMRC meant that the rules around self-certification of sickness absence changed. As of 27 January 2022,  the temporary change in the law has ended and the self-certification period has reverted back to seven days.

February 9, 2022

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Legal Issues – Work from home guidance relaxed in Scotland

In December 2021 guidance was introduced that meant employees should work from home “wherever practical”. It has now been announced that these restrictions will be eased on 31 January 2022. Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement due to a decrease in Covid infections across the country.

January 26, 2022

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Legal Issues – Neonatal leave and pay

The government has made a commitment to introduce a new form of statutory leave. Neonatal leave and pay will apply to all parents of babies receiving neonatal care.

December 22, 2021

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Legal Issues – SSP temporary change

The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 have come into force as of 17 December 2021. These regulations introduced by the DWP and HMRC change the rules around self-certification of sickness absence.

December 20, 2021

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Legal Issues – IVF and the law

The rates of those undergoing IVF treatment have increased ten-fold in the last thirty years. Therefore it is becoming increasingly important that employers are aware of their obligations in this area. There is no statutory right for time off for IVF treatment, but the Equality and Human Rights Commission Code suggests that employers view any such requests “sympathetically”. Some companies have dedicated policies regarding such treatment in which an employee is allowed to take time off work for up to five days. If there is no dedica

November 18, 2021

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Legal Issues – Tipping Legislation

New legislation is being introduced to protect hospitality workers. Tips that are paid by card will legally have to be paid to the staff. This puts all forms of tips on the same level of legal protection as cash tips have been protected in this way for some time. It has been revealed in recent years that some employers were using card tips to pay chefs’ wages or were kept as profits. Other companies were retaining tips due to “processing fees”.

October 11, 2021

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Legal Issues – New right to unpaid carer’s leave announced

The government has announced this right will be introduced in response to a consultation on carer’s leave. This is intended to give workers greater flexibility and ability to manage their work lives alongside care responsibilities. The consultation stated that there are approximately 5 million people in the UK who have unpaid care responsibilities, with around 50% of those people in employment. These numbers are only set to increase given the aging demographic of the UK. The government has acknowledged that this has become even more necessary given the COVID 19 pandemic.

September 29, 2021

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Legal Issues – Menopause

Recently, there has been a notable increase in the number of Employment Tribunal cases in the UK which specifically revolve around a Claimant’s menopause. There are many preconceptions and much misinformation regarding this topic. However, it is an issue worth understanding as women aged between 45-59 make up a significant percentage of the workforce. A recent survey has shown that 25% of women with menopausal symptoms have considered leaving the workplace.

September 28, 2021

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