Sexual harassment: Professional firms should prepare for increased scrutiny by regulators 

Nick Hurley and Rachel Warren consider how employers should respond to sexual harassment allegations in light of a growing risk of regulatory action if they mishandle complaints October 2020 marks the third anniversary of Alyssa Milano’s tweet responding to the Harvey Weinstein allegations. This tweet galvanised the #MeToo movement and increased the confidence of victims …
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Legal news: Employment update

Mark Kaye rounds up recent case law affecting employers and their advisers When an employer satisfies the requirement to establish a material factor, it is under no obligation to prove a ‘good’ reason for the pay disparity. Employee claiming unfair dismissal on trade union grounds granted interim relief In Montes Morales v Premier Fruits (Covent …
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Data protection: Manage the practical and legal challenges of workplace coronavirus testing

With the Test and Trace service beset by problems, Chris Cook examines the data protection issues and other difficulties facing employers who wish to carry out their own tests for Covid-19 Health records are a special category of personal data, so if an employee does disclose their test result, the employer must take additional measures …
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Harassment: Cyberbullying – Covid and beyond

Sean Nesbitt and Alex Stones discuss the growing risk of online harassment of staff members, whether by colleagues, ex-employees seeking revenge or cyber campaigners If employers do not allow voices to be raised and enable digital activism to be channelled internally, the first they hear about such allegations may be when they have already gone …
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Corporate social responsibility: Managing the Covid-19 impact on modern slavery prevention

Paul Reeves, Tony Woodcock, Leanne Raven and Fran Legg look at how businesses can tackle the heightened risk of modern slavery abuses resulting from the pandemic Reputation is fragile and failure to adhere to ethical practices is a guaranteed way to tarnish a company’s name. Amid the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic, employers have not …
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Workforce changes: Redundancy: ten alternatives to consider

Beth Hale and Sophie Rothwell explore the alternatives to redundancy that businesses could consider as the furlough scheme in its current form comes to an end Stop press On 24 September, the Chancellor announced a Job Support Scheme which will commence on 1 November 2020 and run for six months. Under the scheme, the government …
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Coronavirus: Protecting employees’ mental health in the Covid workplace

With the UK braced for a second wave of the pandemic, Kathy Halliday investigates the steps employers should be taking to support employees’ mental wellbeing in these difficult times Following the nationwide lockdown in March this year, a rise in mental health issues stemming from increased feelings of isolation was widely reported. As we head …
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