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Regulator gets tough on the inappropriate use of NDAs

Karen Seward

#Timesup has been called on the inappropriate use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual harassment or other conduct that might otherwise be reported to regulators or the police. In an unusual move, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued a warning to law firms and solicitors that it will be tough on those who Read More

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Level playing field

Sheila Fahy

How often do we – and by “we” I mean those who are able-bodied and able-minded – really think about what it is like to be disabled in the workplace? It comes up all the time for HR practitioners who have to consider reasonable adjustments for Equality Act obligations as well as temporary accommodations for Read More

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Six-month calendar 2018 – Employment developments

Rachel Reeves

Last year when we issued our 2017 calendar, we predicted that women would feature prominently as organisations pushed through measures to reduce their gender pay gap and to increase the percentage of women in the pipeline to senior positions. Nobody could have predicted just how game-changing campaigns like #Metoo and #Timesup would be to the Read More

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Prison for employees who misuse confidential information?

Andrew Howard

Yes. The High Court sentenced a former employee (who was in breach of a court order for injunctive relief obtained in relation to confidential information) to six weeks in prison. This case serves as a stark warning to employees of the ultimate sanction for misuse of confidential information. For employers, it is another tool in Read More

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Supreme Court widens rights for same-sex couples

Andrew Cork

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases on the issue of whether new legislation has retrospective effect on pension rights. One case covers same-sex couples. The other case looks at part-timers. The Court ruled that the restriction in UK legislation allowing a surviving civil partner’s pension rights to be based on the member’s pension Read More

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It’s a dog’s life – introducing workplace paw-ternity leave

Sheila Fahy

It’s funny how attitudes change over time. The majority of employers are now happy to support pregnant women and those on maternity leave, as well as agreeing that the statutory rights underpinning these are reasonable and easy to implement. The same statement could not have been said with any confidence two or three decades ago. Read More

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Whistleblowing and the meaning of “in the public interest”

Charlie Bowden

For a whistleblower to claim protection, the disclosure must be made in the reasonable belief that it is in the public interest. This may sound obvious as the name of the implementing legislation is the Public Interest Disclosure Act, but up until July 2013 workers were able to gain protection even if the disclosure related Read More

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