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It has been a busy and unsettling year with COVID-19 and the impact of Brexit changing working patterns and ushering in new ways of working. This briefing looks at key cases and other developments over the past year 2021, many of which will have significant bearing on employers’ work practices.

We also cast an eye forward to 2022 and consider what will be on the horizon for employment lawyers.


News this month includes the latest on curbing hire and fire practices, proposals to limit algorithmic tracking of the workforce and analysis suggesting that the gender pay gap is decreasing – very slightly. Case wise, we are reminded by a High Court decision of who might be liable for the criminal offence of failing to notify the Secretary of State of collective redundancies, and there are two important decisions for Trade Unions:the Supreme Court ruling in Kostal that direct offers from employers to workers who were union members were unlawful and an EAT decision which looks to extend the protection against detriment for Trade Union activities. 

This article from Emplaw authors Lewis Silkin considers the drivers behind an increasing number of organisations reporting voluntarily in this area as a measure to address social mobility disadvantage in the workplace and identifies the legal and practical issues employers need to consider.

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A useful article on this tricky area from Moorcrofts, authors of the Emplaw law cards on Contracts of Employment

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To mark the 10 year anniversary, Emplaw authors  Gowling WLG  have provided a summary of the Act and the offences, as well as some practical tips for businesses seeking to ensure they don't fall foul of its requirements.

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Your one - stop update on employment law news and cases. News this month includes the NLW increase announced in the Budget, as well as guidance for employers on recruiting older workers, and guidance on managing the effects of the menopause at work.

As employers see a sharp rise in flexible working requests since the pandemic, Emplaw authors Parklane Plowden report on this ET decision that refusing an employee’s flexible working request to modify her working hours to accommodate her childcare responsibilities was indirect sex discrimination, and provide some helpful tips for dealing with requests fairly 

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 In this video, Jane Fielding and principal associate Emma Bufton from Emplaw authors Gowling WLG provide tips on managing short and long-term absences with a particular focus on COVID-19 related absences.

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As the government’s attention moves from pandemic related matters, the legislative agenda is renewed and news this month includes a consultation on Making Flexible Working the Default, and a commitment to introducing unpaid carers leave. Meanwhile, Covid updates include practical steps towards the introduction of mandatory vaccination for care home workers. Cases we report this month include Court of Appeal decisions on the fundamental issue of the question of fairness in unfair dismissal cases, and the perennial question of the mutuality required for an employment contract.

Free employment law update webinar, from Emplaw authors Moorcrofts, to make sure businesses are aware of the changing employment law landscape.

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