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Monitoring staff at work and at home

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Contributing authors: Josh Craig and John Nevin

Banking and financial services businesses have for many years monitored the work patterns and behaviours their staff. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent seismic shift in working patterns, we are now seeing an increasing number of employers monitoring their staff in their own homes.

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Workplace re-opening: where are we now and what’s next?

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Returning to workplace

Step one of the planned route out of lockdown in place. And it’s not just shops and restaurants; the obligation to work from home where possible has been lifted.

With many employers starting to plan their staff’s return to the workplace, our Employment & HR team examine where we are now and the next steps to take.

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Employment legal update #45 | April 2021

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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Changes to modern slavery statements

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Modern Slavery

The issue of modern slavery has frequently been in the news, and is a compliance issue for many companies. Those compliance steps are now increasing and companies should be aware of what they need to do to ensure their actions are future proof.

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The future of flexible working

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Homeworking, flexible working

A year on from the start of the UK’s first lockdown – and the start of home working for millions of employees, our employment lawyers are considering the future of flexible working.

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Employment legal update #44 | March 2021

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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Is refusing to wear a face mask a fair reason for dismissal?

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van driver

As working practices continue to adapt to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic, further clarification on reasonable requirements for PPE use is given in the recent Employment Tribunal claim of Deimantas Kubilius v Kent Foods Limited.

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Furlough scheme extension: business as usual for employers

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Contributing authors: Chris Deeley

Furlough scheme extended

Wednesday’s Budget brings a further extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, better known as furlough, which is now set to run until the end of September 2021.

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Employment legal update #43 | March 2021

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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UK workers seconded to the EU – where should social security contributions be paid?

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Travel in coronavirus

What does the ‘detached worker’ exception mean? Our Employment and Business Immigration lawyers look into the rules for making social security payments when UK employees are seconded in EU countries.

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Uber – working out who’s a worker

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Uber

The Supreme Court (“SC”) has found that Uber’s drivers are to be classed as workers and not, as Uber has tried to argue, self-employed contractors. There is a lot of commentary in the employment law world that hails this as a really big decision; one piece said the decision creates “waves and not just ripples” in employment law. But putting aside the technicalities, is the hype justified? Is this really a big decision that employers and HR professionals need to take seriously?

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5 reasons why the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers are ‘workers’

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5 reasons why the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers are 'workers'

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed Uber’s appeal and upheld the previous decisions that their drivers are workers, and not self-employed contractors. The following is a summary of the decision, and we will be giving a fuller account shortly.

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