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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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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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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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Is Long Covid a disability under the Equality Act 2010?

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Is Long Covid a disability under the Equality Act 2010?

A number of Covid suffers do not always make a quick recovery. Medical research now points to many sufferers taking weeks or even months to recover from Covid. Given the impact Covid can have on the body many patients may not fully recover at all. Reports suggest that 300,000 people may suffer Covid related illnesses in future and there is a good chance some of those may be in your workforce.

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Ongoing discrimination and harassment training key to the reasonable steps defence

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Our Employment & HR team analyse a recent Tribunal case and look into what constitutes ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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Heads up for IR35 tax changes

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Changes to IR35, commonly known as the off-payroll working rules, are coming from 6 April. Our Employment team explain when IR35 applies, how it affects employers, and what you can do to prepare for the changes.

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