The case of Meaker v Cyxtera Technology UK Limited serves as an important reminder to employers of the importance of ensuring that letters of dismissal are appropriately clear and unambiguous. The employer in this case wanted to rely on a letter it had sent to an employee referring to a termination date but which was
New Code of Practice for “fire and re-hire”
The Government is consulting on a draft Code of Practice that will regulate the practice of dismissal and re-engagement, or “fire and re-hire”, as it has become known more recently. This is the practice that became particularly controversial following the dismissal by P&O of 800 staff in 2022, in order to replace them with lower-cost…
Employment law – what’s on the horizon in 2023?
With 2022 now over, we look ahead to the key developments that look set to shape the UK employment legal landscape in 2023 and beyond.
New employment rights
Whilst the Government’s promised Employment Bill now looks unlikely to materialise, in 2022 the Government instead announced that it intended to support a raft of private members’…
Claiming legal privilege over a grievance investigation report
In this episode of the Mayer Brown employment podcast, Chris Fisher looks at a recent case where an employer was unable to claim legal privilege over a grievance investigation report which they had sent to their lawyers for advice the day after it had been finalised, and before it had been sent to the employee. …
Menopause: cases on the rise, but it will not be the next “protected characteristic”
An analysis of court records conducted by the Menopause Experts Group found that there has been an increase of 44% in the number of employment tribunal claims citing menopause in 2021, when compared to the number of claims in 2020. Of these 23 claims, 16 fell under disability discrimination, 14 claimed unfair dismissal, and 10…
€35 million fine issued under GDPR for employee monitoring and IT security failings in Germany
During the COVID-19 pandemic, data privacy – and, in particular, employee data privacy – has been at the forefront of employers’ minds. In the last six months, employers across the globe have been required to give careful thought to a whole host of potential issues, from contact tracing apps to temperature and other health checks…
COVID-19: UK Government Publishes Further Guidance on Furlough Scheme
The UK Government has published further guidance, late on the evening of Friday 12 June 2020, in relation to the Furlough Scheme. In light of this, we have produced an update highlighting the key and important changes that are being made.
To read the full update, please visit MayerBrown.com.
End of the Line – UK COVID-19 Furlough Scheme Update: Checklist for Employers
Following the UK Government’s recent publication on the plans for the wind down to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we have produced a practical checklist to help UK employers look at the changes that need to be considered when preparing to resume business activities with a partial or full return to work.
Furloughing “new” employees after 30 June
One of the changes to the furlough scheme announced by the Chancellor last Friday was that the scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June, and so the last date on which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time is 10 June 2020 (so they can complete the minimum three week…
End of the Line: Furlough Scheme Update
The UK Government has announced some of the details relating to the transitional phase of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This update looks at the changes and the significant time pressure for employers to get to their house in order. Read the full article at MayerBrown.com.