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Employee Wellbeing Programmes (UK)

With a clear link between increased employee wellbeing (both in terms of physical and mental health) and reduced sickness absence, many employers may use renewed New Year ambitions to adopt or promote employee wellbeing programmes. Businesses have introduced measures including step challenges with free pedometers, fruit ‘desk drops’ and health monitoring stations in the workplace. … Continue Reading

Mental health in the City workplace – how are you doing?

No job within the Square Mile is immune from its own stresses or strains.  As the City of London Corporation’s Business Healthy blog notes (, the recent economic climate has exacerbated these through the invariable requirement that businesses reduce their cost base without adversely affecting their profits.  Undoubtedly, this drive to do more with less … Continue Reading

NI Court of Appeal thickens UK holiday pay plot

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has today added its small contribution to the debate around the inclusion of overtime earnings in holiday pay.  The direction it has taken in Patterson –v- Castlereagh Borough Council is logical up to a point, but of terrifyingly little practical assistance to employers looking for some, indeed any, reliable … Continue Reading

Keeping your eyes on the road – are there limits to a UK employer’s monitoring of staff movements?

How would you feel about your employer knowing where you are 24 hours a day? News reaches us of a claim by an employee dismissed in the US for deleting a smartphone app Xora which her management had required her to install as part of its mobile workforce management systems.  Xora bills itself (with callous … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision Affecting Retiree Benefits

From Greg Viviani via our Global Compensation Insights blog: In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for many employers to re-examine their ability to alter or amend retiree benefit plans. The Court rejected a long-standing presumption in the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals (Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, … Continue Reading

EU Advocate General’s decision on obesity as disability makes fat lot of difference

In the end, the Advocate General reached the inevitable conclusion – that obesity by itself is not automatically a disability, but can be if and when it “hinders full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees”, or (translated into the UK Equality Act’s definition) has a substantial adverse effect on a … Continue Reading

Practical Implications for French Employers of Recent Changes to SYNTEC National Collective Bargaining Agreement

On 11 April 2014, we published an Alert concerning a new addendum to the SYNTEC National Collective Bargaining Agreement in France.  This change generated extensive worldwide media coverage, including reports that the agreement “involved a million French employees”, that working after 6pm “had become illegal” and that French employees were now “forced to switch off … Continue Reading

Vers un « droit à la déconnexion » des salariés ?

Un avenant à la Convention collective des Bureau d’Etudes Techniques, Cabinets d’ingénieurs-conseils et Sociétés de Conseil dite « Syntec » signé le 1er avril 2014 a beaucoup fait parler de lui, notamment outre-manche.   La presse étrangère a fait des gorges chaudes de ce texte. On a pu lire que cet accord concernait un million de salariés français, … Continue Reading