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Thriving at Work – Part 3

Following our previous blogs on the Stephenson/Farmer report, this post looks at some more of the hard facts from the report associated with mental health conditions in the workplace and their causes. First of all, it should be noted that “mental health at work” encompasses not only problems caused by or at work, despite what … Continue Reading

New proposals for post-Brexit maternity protection – use German law

Back in March 2016 I posted a piece querying the headlines over an Equalities and Human Rights Commission report on maternity and pregnancy discrimination at work. The short point was that the report did not justify the apocalyptic headlines about the treatment of women who were pregnant or on maternity leave. Looked at close up, … Continue Reading

Getting handsy in Hollywood, the fall of the stars – lessons nearer home

The limelight on Hollywood has turned fifty shades darker recently with more high- profile celebrities being called out on allegations of historic inappropriate behaviour. The news of late has been littered with claim after claim of sexual harassment by celebrities against their peers in years gone by but don’t be fooled into thinking it is … Continue Reading

Mental health and difficult meetings – how far can the employer insist?

Much has been written over the last month or so about Mental Health, and rightly so.  It has now overtaken back pain as the principal cause of workplace absence in the UK.  Anything which encourages an environment in which mental health issues may be more openly discussed and genuine sufferers’ sense of isolation or embarrassment … Continue Reading

Accident or bad luck – not reasons to avoid paying the National Minimum Wage

As more employers are ‘named and shamed’ in the press for paying below the National Minimum Wage, the immediate question is “How can a large employer, with significant resources, be paying below the NMW by accident?” There are numerous areas where employers may find themselves unwittingly paying below the NMW and on the naughty step … Continue Reading

Thriving at Work – Part 2

As we mentioned in our previous blog, the Farmer/ Stephenson “Thriving at Work” Report has made a number of recommendations as to steps that businesses, the public sector and the Government can take to increase mental health and wellbeing within the workplace, with the aim not only of increasing the standard of mental health but … Continue Reading

Thriving at Work

Today saw the publication of the Thriving at Work report commissioned by the Prime Minister in January this year and written by Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive of MIND and Lord Stevenson, the former Chairman of HBOS who has been open about his own struggle with clinical depression. This is a far reaching report, a … Continue Reading

The politics of tragedy – new employment rights proposed for bereaved parents

You know it’s time to re-issue your employment legislation when the nearest available section number for the insertion of an amendment into the Employment Rights Act is Section 171ZZ. Though it might sound like a bottom-rank Star Wars droid, that little fellow is actually the proposed product of a new Bill on time off work for … Continue Reading

Revised Modern Slavery Guidance – limited help for baffled businesses

We weren’t very nice on this blog about the original Government Guidance on the Modern Slavery Act, largely because it really wasn’t very good. It lacked detail where structure would have been helpful, regularly confused aspiration with legal requirement and contained altogether too many uses of the word “remediation” for a document singing the praises … Continue Reading

Looking into disciplinary investigations – EAT’s lessons on when enough is enough

It is a basic plank of a fair disciplinary dismissal that it be preceded by a reasonable investigation.  But what is that, exactly?  How much detail must you include in your enquiry, how many witnesses must you grill, how far back do you have to go, how far must you challenge or test the evidence … Continue Reading

Webinar: Sweeping Changes to French Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know

Following the election of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections in May 2017, and as announced during his campaign, a major and ambitious transformation of France’s labour laws has been launched. The reforms are intended to tackle mass unemployment and make France more competitive in the global market. In late August 2017 the government … Continue Reading

Webinar: Setting off on the right foot – key concerns about starting the employment relationship in the UK

Squire Patton Boggs and pre-employment screening specialists ADP present a webinar focussing on the common issues arising at the start of the employment process. On 10 October 2017 at 4.00 p.m. UK time, David Regan and Annabel Mace from Squire Patton Boggs and ADP Pre-Employment Screening Manager Kevin Stone will consider: Pre-employment screening Why do … Continue Reading

UK Government’s new corporate governance proposals – necessary measure or naked politicking?

Everyone agrees that “fat-cat pay” needs reining in, even Theresa May’s new-look caring Conservatives. This week’s announcement of the Government’s latest corporate governance proposals does not therefore come as much surprise. You can see the Government’s proposals and our review of them here http://www.globalcompensationinsights.com/2017/08/uk-corporate-governance-reform-has-theresa-may-delivered/#more-3558.… Continue Reading

Take time to understand Court Orders; do time for ignoring them

“The system will not work if people think they can ignore court orders and destroy evidence. Those who so can expect terms of imprisonment.”   Mr Dadi was an employee of OCS, an aviation cleaning contractor working at Heathrow for (amongst others) British Airways. OCS lost the British Airways contract to a competing firm Omni Serv … Continue Reading

Webinar: Key Labour and Employment Issues Affecting Employers in Australia

Squire Patton Boggs presents a webinar focussing on key labour and employment issues affecting Australian employers and overseas employers with Australian operations. On 27 September 2017 at 9.00 a.m. BST (UK) (10.00 a.m. CEST, 4.00 p.m. AWST, 6.00 p.m. AEST), Anna Elliott and Bruno Di Girolami will discuss: Business Immigration – An update on recent … Continue Reading
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