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  • Drug and alcohol tests: what employers need to know

    8 November 2018

    Barratt Developments recently announced it would introduce randomised drug and alcohol testing for staff to combat increased risks on building sites. But introducing such a policy is not without its challenges, as Katherine Maxwell from Moore Blatch explains.

  • Ethnicity pay gap reporting: Next steps for employers

    6 November 2018

    The Government is consulting on taking forward its proposals to require large employers to publish ethnicity pay data. We investigate what shape the legislation might take; the challenges that an ethnicity pay gap reporting obligation would pose; what reporting employers are already carrying out; and the potential implementation timetable.

  • Were Waitrose Food editor's 'killing vegans' remarks a sackable offence?

    1 November 2018

    The editor of Waitrose's Food magazine resigned this week after comments he made about "killing vegans" and "force-feeding them meat" drew criticism. Beverley Sunderland of Crossland Employment Solicitors explains why expressing such views in a work environment should be seen as a sackable offence.

  • Ryanair racism row: Are employers liable if they fail to prevent harassment?

    1 November 2018

    A recent incident on a Ryanair flight where a man was filmed having a racist rant at another passenger attracted huge publicity and calls for the airline to have done more. But where does an employer stand legally if an employee fails to intervene? Dan Peyton looks at the legislation.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, November 2018

    1 November 2018

    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.

  • Nine steps to complying with the 2018 trade secrets regulations

    30 October 2018

    Earlier this year, the European Union introduced a new directive to protect trade secrets and confidential information. Charlotte Marshall of law firm Blake Morgan explains what employers need to do to prevent staff from misusing commercially sensitive information.

  • Ethnicity pay gap reporting: What employers need to know

    26 October 2018

    Earlier this month the government published a consultation into whether organisations should be required to report on the pay differentials between people from different ethnic backgrounds. Kate Hodgkiss from DLA Piper considers how the proposals might impact employers if they become reality.

  • Morrisons data breach: Could the supermarket have done more?

    25 October 2018

    This week's Court of Appeal decision that Morrisons was vicariously liable for a serious data breach by a disgruntled employee has got employers worried.

  • Proposed requirement to publish family-friendly policies: implications for employers

    23 October 2018

    The Government is exploring the possibility of a new law requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish details of their family-friendly policies. What is the thinking behind the proposal and what impact could it have on large organisations?

  • How menopause policies can help to reduce employment tribunal risk

    19 October 2018

    If women's menopause symptoms are not treated sensitively, employers can face increased risks of claims for sex and disability discrimination. Charles Wynn-Evans and Emma Zarb of law firm Dechert look at what menopause policies should address.

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