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16 May 2019
Earlier this week, the International Bar Association published its report on bullying and harassment in the legal profession. The message is clear – as a profession we are not meeting the highest standards of conduct which are integral to our positions as bastions of the law. We must change within the profession, and take responsibility for driving wider societal change.
Michael Burd comments for The Financial Times: Sexual harassment and bullying rife in legal profession
Press15 May 2019
Michael Burd has commented in an article for The Financial Times that discusses bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession. Workplace training is having little or no effect on tackling the issues, according to a global survey of 7,000 people working in the sector.
15 May 2019
Following the Government’s “Good Work Plan”, published last December, new legislation has recently been made to implement the first of the proposed changes. This article takes stock of the reforms enacted so far, flags some of the practical issues and sums up what’s still to come.
Inbrief14 May 2019
The system of shared parental leave was introduced as part of the Government’s commitment to create a fairer society that gives parents more flexibility to decide how they want to share care for their child in the first year.
Inbrief09 May 2019
Since 1999 workers who ‘blow the whistle’ on their employers have had the right not to be dismissed or otherwise penalised as a result.
Inbrief06 May 2019
This inbrief looks at how employers can minimise the risk of legal claims when dismissing employees by reason of redundancy.
Richard Miskella comments for The Lawyer: Learning the practical lessons of #MeToo: Two City firms appoint workplace guardians
Press03 May 2019
Richard Miskella has commented in an article for The Lawyer which discusses #MeToo and the “Guardians Programme” put in place by Lewis Silkin. This has seen us appoint designated members of staff to be a confidential port of call for colleagues who are concerned about behaviours or the culture at work.
Inbrief01 May 2019
The law recognises women on maternity leave as being particularly vulnerable and gives them special protection. As a result, employers need to be careful to make sure they comply with their legal obligations in this area. This Inbrief summarises the rights which women on maternity leave enjoy and looks at some common problem areas.
01 May 2019
The European Commission (“EC”) has recently revised its March 2018 guidance on the legal repercussions of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for European Work’s Councils (“EWCs”), including the implications of a “no-deal” Brexit.
Inbrief30 April 2019
Employees seeking a better balance between the demands of work and personal life may seek a change in their working arrangements – for example by part-time working, job-sharing or a change in working hours.
James Davies comments for LexisNexis: Are payslip laws the start of transparency over worker rights?
Press26 April 2019
James Davies has commented in an article for LexisNexis which discusses the feasibility of payslip laws, the extent of transparency over worker rights and the challenges posed to the government.
25 April 2019
Due to changes in the Immigration Rules effective from 29 March 2019, existing Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants may only extend their leave in this category if they apply on or before 5 April 2023. They may only apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain on or before 5 April 2025. This means that if you wish to stay in the UK, you must ensure that you meet the requirements for extension and Indefinite Leave to Remain by these dates.
Inbrief25 April 2019
Our FAQs Inbrief looks at some of the common tax questions that arise on termination of employment.
Influencing for Impact – the Law Society report on the need for gender equality in the legal profession25 April 2019
2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of women having the right to qualify as solicitors and barristers (as well as serve on juries and act as magistrates).
23 April 2019
Continuing the trend of cases about employment status, a group of expert educators who worked for the National Gallery have been found to be workers by an Employment Judge (“EJ”).
Inbrief19 April 2019
Employees who have parental responsibility for a child are afforded certain legal rights in order to protect and support their role as parents.
Richard Miskella comments for The Telegraph: Is ‘blind recruitment’ the best way to tackle workplace discrimination?
Press15 April 2019
Richard Miskella has commented in an article for The Telegraph which discusses the case of Matthew Furlong, who had been the victim of discrimination after being rejected for a job by Cheshire Police, which was in the midst of a diversity drive, because he was a white heterosexual man.
Tom McEvoy writes for Thomson Reuters: I’m an EU citizen. If I leave the UK before Brexit, can I come back?
Press10 April 2019
Tom McEvoy has written an article for Thomson Reuters which answers the question, 'If an individual with an EU passport leaves the UK before Brexit, will they be allowed back into the UK after Brexit?'.
09 April 2019
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has upheld a decision that the removal of outdated contractual entitlements following a TUPE transfer was not void, as the sole or principal reason was not the transfer or a reason connected with the transfer
09 April 2019
Many of our clients in the retail, fashion and hospitality sector face similar HR issues. Each month one of the members of our team will identify an issue, consider how it should be dealt with and provide our advice. This month we asked James...