Employment Law Blog

13 April 2021

The importance of seeking support from your employer when going through a divorce

The breakdown of a relationship is a challenging and stressful time, even when you and your partner are on relatively good terms.

There are a number of support services we recommend to help manage the strain which comes with relationship breakdown and the significant changes to your and your children’s circumstances. People often go first to friends and family and then perhaps to a lawyer, counsellor or financial advisor. Many people do not feel comfortable talking to their employer about their circumstances and in this blog, we explore how it can be important from both a personal as well as family law and employment law perspectives.

Connie Atkinson

29 March 2021

Should businesses scrap unconscious bias training?

Equality and diversity training initiatives have received a considerable amount of negative attention recently. In December 2020, the government announced its intention to scrap unconscious bias training for civil servants. Since then, there have been press reports of senior managers allegedly claiming that unconscious bias does not exist and the training is just ‘virtue signalling’ and a waste of money. 

So does this mean employers should now bin their diversity training? I don't believe so.  

Nadjia Zychowicz

24 March 2021

Off-payroll working rules in the private sector – the change is near

6 April 2021 will see the implementation of the biggest reform in the engagement of contractors for decades.  The changes were originally scheduled to come into force on 6 April 2020, but implementation was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Nikola Southern

19 March 2021

‘Shecession’: what can be done to prevent the decline of women’s economic empowerment?

Last week we reflected on this year’s International Women’s Day theme #ChooseToChallenge and felt the impact of COVID-19 on women in the workplace cannot go without a mention. For the first time in nearly ten years, women’s economic empowerment in the workplace is set to decline according to PwC’s latest Women in Work Index, creating what has been coined a “shecession”, caused largely by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Özlem Mehmet

10 March 2021

Best practice guide for charities responding to Illegal Working Civil Penalty Information Requests

COVID-19 has had a severely damaging affect on all organisations and no less so those in the charitable sector.  Be that on a dramatic hit to donation levels, resourcing issues through furloughing or redundancies and difficulties in delivering programmes and training.  In a battle to survive and deliver on core services, it is easier than ever to forget crucial internal risk and compliance processes. 

Emma Fowler

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