All items: Employment rights

  • Should every weekend be a long weekend?

    Date:
    12 April 2017

    With spring's four bank holidays fast approaching, it's easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. We examine the growing support for a shorter working week and potential benefits it could bring.

  • Bereavement and compassionate leave: what is the right thing to do?

    Date:
    22 February 2017

    According to Acas, the Employment Rights Act 1996 gives employees a day-one right to have "reasonable" time off to deal with an emergency, which could include a bereavement involving a dependant. But how do employers tend to deal with bereavement on a practical level?

  • Could the UK follow the French and introduce a right to disconnect?

    Date:
    20 January 2017

    French workers can now negotiate with their employer on limiting their access to emails and other work activity outside of office hours. Could we see similar legislation appear in the UK? Jane Fielding, head of the employment, labour and equalities team at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP attempts to finds out.

  • Theresa May's Brexit speech: what will it mean for employment?

    Date:
    18 January 2017

    Following Theresa May's speech laying out the UK's objectives for its exit from the EU, we round up the reaction from business groups, employment lawyers and unions.

  • EU citizens working in the UK: will the Government listen to employers' wishes?

    Date:
    16 January 2017

    At the top of the agenda for Brexit negotiations will be freedom of movement and the status of EU citizens working in the UK. We report on how and when these issues are likely to be settled.

  • Could "associate EU citizenship" become a worthwhile employee perk?

    Date:
    16 January 2017

    The proposal by an MEP that UK nationals could take out "associate EU citizenship" could appeal to UK employers who want to move staff around offices in different EU countries. But is it likely to be endorsed by the Government after a "hard Brexit"?

  • Five ways employers can support employees who are carers

    Date:
    19 October 2016

    According to recent research, one worker in eight is a carer, while almost one in six has had to take time off work or work irregular hours because of caring responsibilities. We set out five ways to support carers in the workplace.

  • Wearable technology: what employers need to know

    Date:
    7 July 2015

    Wearable technology, such as Google Glass, Fitbit, Jawbone and Apple Watch, can collect, analyse and share information about the wearer and the people with whom they interact. Marian Derham and Charlie Thompson from Harbottle & Lewis look at the legal impact of this technology in the workplace.

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