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ASDA employees win the battle, but not the war

In the long-awaited judgment of Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and ors (2021) UKSC 10, the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Claimant employees on a preliminary issue. In this case, the Claimants were retail employees (predominantly women) who sought to compare themselves to (predominantly male) employees working at Asda’s distribution depots who earned more than them per […]

After A Recent Week of #Choosing to Challenge and Shocking Revelations, How Can Employers Learn from The Headlines and Provide Greater Support to Their Female Employees?

On Monday 8 March 2021 the world celebrated International Women’s Day with the hugely popular theme of “choose to challenge”. Women were encouraged to speak up, be heard, engage with one another and support the movement to challenge and call out gender bias inequality. On the evening of International Women’s Day, the much anticipated Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and […]

Workers to Be Protected Against ‘Health and Safety Detriment’

Employers are bound by the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations Act 1974 to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and workers. This means that workers have the right to a safe working environment. However, there is currently no protection for workers (as opposed to employees) that refuse to attend the workplace because they have […]

Dismissal for Refusing to Wear a Facemask was Fair: Key Issues for Employers when Considering Disciplinary Action for COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Breaches

In Kubilius v Kent Foods Ltd ET/3201960/2020 the Employment Tribunal held that an employee who refused to wear a facemask when asked to do so by a client was fairly dismissed by his employer. Michelle Chance, Partner and Head of Employment and Louisa Hartley, Solicitor discuss the outcome of the case and the key issues employers should consider when conducting […]

Budget 2021 – Extended furlough scheme and more key points for employers

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has set out in his Budget announcement to the House of Commons the Government’s ‘Three Part Plan’ to protect jobs and livelihoods. In this article, Michelle Chance (Partner) and Choy Lau (Senior Associate) set out the key take away points for employers: Extension of the Furlough Scheme It has been confirmed that the furlough scheme will […]

Employment Law Journal Article | Coronavirus: Is Long Covid a New Form of Disability?

In this Employment Law Journal article, Employment Partner Michelle Chance, Employment Associate Chris Warwick-Evans and Employment Solicitor Louisa Hartley discuss how to reduce the risk of successful discrimination claims from employees with ongoing or intermittent Covid-19 symptoms. To download the article, click below:

Uber Drivers are Workers – the Supreme Court dismisses Uber’s Appeal

The long-awaited decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Uber BV v Aslam was handed down on Friday 19 February 2021. The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Uber drivers, affirming the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the drivers are ‘workers’ and not self-employed contractors (as alleged by Uber). The Supreme Court is England’s highest court […]

Michelle Chance, Employment Partner and ICAEW work together on an article ”Tackling the effects of long COVID in the workplace”

Employers are increasingly having to assess employees diagnosed with ‘long COVID’ to determine if they are classed as disabled for employment law purposes and make reasonable adjustments to assist those suffering from the condition. Read the full article below:

Has COVID made post-termination restrictions harder to enforce?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of COVID restrictions first being introduced in the UK, we consider what effect the furlough scheme may have on the enforceability of post-termination restrictions (“PTR’s”.) Post-termination restrictions, sometimes called restrictive covenants are often contained in employment contracts as a mechanism for employers to protect their business against employees leaving and taking competitive action against […]

Domestic Abuse: Warning Signs Employers Should Be Aware of And How They Can Support Employees Who Are Victims of Domestic Abuse

During the first national lockdown Refuge, the charity which runs the National Domestic Abuse helpline, reported around a 65% increase in calls and a 700% increase in the number of visits to its Helpline website [1]. In an open letter to Employers published on 14 January 2021, Business Minister Paul Scully MP stated that recent reports suggest that this increase […]