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Whistle blowing and the “public interest”

Is it enough that a worker believes a disclosure is in the public interest? In the recent case of Okwu v. Rise Community Action, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether it is sufficient for whistle blowing protection for an employee to have a reasonable belief that their disclosure is in the public interest.
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Whistle blowing and the “public interest”

EU developments: what new measures might we see on workers’ rights?

The EU Council has had a busy month, adopting two new directives which will strengthen employees' rights. It also adopted a regulation which will establish a European Labour Authority, to support compliance and enforcement in the areas of labour mobility and social security coordination.
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EU developments: what new measures might we see on workers’ rights?

Dubai International Finance Centre: How will the new DIFC employment law affect your business?

A new DIFC employment law has been issued, which will come into effect on 28 August 2019.
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Dubai International Finance Centre: How will the new DIFC employment law affect your business?

Are employers doing enough to support employees who have caring responsibilities?

According to a report published on 5 February 2019 by Carers UK, we may still have some way to go to help support those who are trying to juggle work whilst also caring for their older and disabled relatives.
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Are employers doing enough to support employees who have caring responsibilities?

Government framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing: what is expected of employers?

Following the 2017 Thriving at Work Review, the government has developed a framework to support large employers with recording and voluntarily reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing. The government hopes that transparency in this area will help drive the culture change which is needed to foster a more inclusive society.
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Government framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing: what is expected of employers?

Labour of love: foster parents are not workers under the Working Time Directive

In a case referred by the Romanian courts, the ECJ has held that foster parents are not workers for the purposes of the Working Time Directive. This makes it more likely that cases currently pending before employment tribunals in the UK on foster parents' entitlement to holiday pay are likely to be unsuccessful.
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Labour of love: foster parents are not workers under the Working Time Directive

Is it safe to dismiss an employee who is receiving long-term disability benefits?

The EAT has dealt a blow to employers, confirming that the purpose of permanent health insurance and similar schemes would be defeated if an employer could end entitlements under this type of scheme by dismissing the employee on grounds of capability. 
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Is it safe to dismiss an employee who is receiving long-term disability benefits?

Addison Lee drivers found to be workers: what can we learn from the latest case on worker status?

Barely a week goes by without worker status finding its way back into the headlines. The EAT this week upheld a tribunal's decision that three private hire drivers engaged by Addison Lee, which offers various transport services, are workers. The EAT confirmed the tribunal's ability to look beyond the contract in place to the reality of the working arrangements and endorsed the adoption of a "realistic and worldly-wise" approach.
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Addison Lee drivers found to be workers: what can we learn from the latest case on worker status?

Parental bereavement leave and pay: scheme starts to take shape

In September, the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 received Royal Assent (as we reported here).  The Act really just enables the government to introduce regulations and it has now published its response to the consultation, which took place earlier this year, giving some indication of how the new scheme will operate when it comes into force in, we expect, 2020.
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Parental bereavement leave and pay: scheme starts to take shape

What does the reform of IR35 mean for your business?

In his 2018 budget speech, the chancellor announced the widely expected changes to the rules on off-payroll working (known as IR35) in the private sector. The move follows reform to the off-payroll working rules in the public sector in April 2017.

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What does the reform of IR35 mean for your business?