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Office romances: is love in the air in your workplace this Valentine’s Day?

An employer faced with an office romance has a difficult balancing act to carry out between respecting the employees’ private lives and protecting its own business interests. So what steps can an employer take to help strike this balance?
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Office romances: is love in the air in your workplace this Valentine’s Day?

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?

Employers can be vicariously liable for the violent conduct of their employees outside work

In Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited (NRL), the Court of Appeal decided that NRL was liable for its Managing Director drunkenly assaulting another employee at an "impromptu" drinks event after a work Christmas party. There was a sufficient connection between the Managing Director's employment and the assault. This is an important case for employers to be aware of in the run-up to the Christmas party season.
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Employers can be vicariously liable for the violent conduct of their employees outside work

Mindful Business Charter aims to improve workplace wellbeing amongst lawyers

A number of City law firms and banking legal teams have joined forces to tackle long and unpredictable working hours in an attempt to improve lawyers' wellbeing and mental health. The Mindful Business Charter, fittingly launched on World Mental Health Day, was drawn up by Barclays alongside law firms Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard.
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Mindful Business Charter aims to improve workplace wellbeing amongst lawyers

New legislation seeks to ensure restaurant owners give their employees all tips from customers

New legislation is expected to be implemented to ban restaurants from keeping tips from their employees. The intention is restaurant owners will not be able to make deductions from tips which are paid by card in order to fund administration costs.
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New legislation seeks to ensure restaurant owners give their employees all tips from customers

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives royal stamp of approval

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 was given royal assent on 13 September 2018, having started out in July 2017 as a Private Member's Bill subsequently supported by the government.
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Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives royal stamp of approval

Sex discrimination case flushed out of the Tribunal system with a £25,000 settlement

A female council worker has settled her sex discrimination claim for £25,000. She was instructed to go to a different office, ahead of an inspector's visit, to clean the kitchen and the toilets. She was told the toilets "needed a woman's touch" despite the fact that cleaning was not within her job description.
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Sex discrimination case flushed out of the Tribunal system with a £25,000 settlement

Eid al-Adha: dealing with religious festivals in the workplace

Eid al-Adha (known as the festival of sacrifice), the Islamic holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, is due to begin this coming Tuesday (21 August). The festival is celebrated with prayer and feast, typically on a large scale with Muslims in their respective communities coming together to partake in the festivities. Many Muslims may request time off work to celebrate Eid al-Adha, so here are a few considerations for employers to bear in mind as the holiday approaches.
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Eid al-Adha: dealing with religious festivals in the workplace

Pay gap between younger and older workers

The pay gap between the under-30s and over-30s has risen by more than half in the last 20 years, as younger workers are still enduring the residual effects of the financial crisis.
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Pay gap between younger and older workers