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Too hot to work?

With the current tropical conditions, Laura Claridge looks at some common weather and work questions. Is there a maximum operating temperature? In short, no.  During working hours, the temperature in indoor workplaces must be reasonable.  To...

Social Media Day

Social media cases in the Employment Tribunal have involved everything from employees posting derogatory comments about their employer, sharing offensive content, cyber bullying and everything in between. There are high profile examples of individuals...

Religion and Belief Discrimination

Following the tribunal case last year which confirmed that ethical veganism can be a protected belief, comes another high profile case on the subject.  This time, looking at whether “gender-critical beliefs” are capable of amounting to a...

Changing Employment Contracts: Fire and Rehire

Fire and Rehire has been in the spotlight recently with high-profile cases like British Gas where staff were dismissed and re-engaged on new terms with longer hours and lower pay.  The TUC has claimed that one in 10 workers have been threatened with...

Employees and Long Covid

According to NHS guidance on COVID recovery, many will feel better within a few days or weeks and most within twelve weeks.  For some, symptoms will last longer, including fatigue, shortness of breath, chest tightness, ‘brain fog,’ insomnia,...

Flexible Working: tips for employers

It remains to be seen whether the government will stick to its roadmap for the complete reopening of society on 21 June and when the work from home guidance will be lifted.  Many staff have been working from home for well over a year now. ...

Employer Q&A on holidays

Following the relaxation of the rules on foreign travel after 17 May 2021 and the introduction of the traffic light regime, we look at some of the issues that may arise at work. Current Government advice, (even after 17 May) is that people should not be...

Covid-19: Changes to Right to Work checks

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As many workplaces remained closed and in person checks would pose difficulties for many from 17 th May 2021, the Home Office has agreed to put the date back to the 21 st June 2021.   In March 2020, the Government announced that...

Mental Health: Practical Steps Employers Can Take

Recent Office for National Statistics research found that one in five UK adults had experienced some form of depression in early 2021.  Many will find it hard to adjust back into the workplace, and the toll of the pandemic on mental health is likely to...

Right to request flexible working

  Flexible working According to the BBC, 43 out of 50 of the UK’s biggest employers do not plan to bring staff back to the office full time after restrictions ease, with hybrid working – part of the week in the office and part of the...
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