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  • General election 2017: the party manifestos and employment law

    Date:
    26 May 2017

    With the general election approaching, consultant editor Darren Newman examines the Labour and Conservative manifestos to see where the two main parties stand when it comes to potential changes to employment law.

  • WhatsApp and confidential data: where to draw the line with social media

    Date:
    19 May 2017

    An investment bank employee has been investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority after sharing confidential client information over WhatsApp. While a reasonable level of employee social media use at work may be acceptable, it is still important to have clear social media policies.

  • How would scrapping the 12-month mental health requirement affect employers?

    Date:
    15 May 2017

    Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws.

  • Legal and practical tips for employers on homeworking

    Date:
    12 May 2017

    This month on 19 May it is "National work from home day". So what should employers be aware of if they want to facilitate homeworking?

  • How Tax-free Childcare works and its impact on employers

    Date:
    9 May 2017

    Tax-free Childcare is the latest initiative from Government to support working parents, but it could see some worse off than in the childcare voucher scheme it is designed to replace. James Malia from Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services looks at where the new scheme fits in and how HR can support parents to get the best deal.

  • Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

    Date:
    8 May 2017

    A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance of returning to work, and reduce the risk of employers facing disability discrimination or unfair dismissal claims. How should employers formulate their long-term sickness absence policy?

  • Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

    Date:
    4 May 2017

    Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face. We take you step by step through what a typical short-term sickness absence policy should contain.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, May 2017

    Date:
    4 May 2017

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

  • Headscarf cases: what now for employer dress codes?

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what do these cases mean for employers drawing up dress codes and will Brexit affect how they are interpreted in future?

  • How to deal with uncertainty around employing EU nationals

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    Organisations employing EU nationals in the UK must tread carefully on the path to Brexit or face discrimination claims or reputational damage. Wedlake Bell's Julia Jackson and Laura Conway offer tips on how to move forward.

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