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From thought leadership pieces to basic training resources, our lawyers regularly produce leaflets, briefings, newsletters and brochures. Our aim is to help keep our clients ahead of the curve.

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D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Suspending staff – new guidance published by Acas
Acas has published new guidance on staff suspensions, specifically in the context of disciplinary or grievance investigations.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Racism in the workplace
The TUC recently published a report on racism and inequality in the workplace, finding that two in five people have experienced racism at work in the past five years.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Are employees entitled to the day off for Queen Elizabeth II funeral?
The Queen’s state funeral is due to be held on Monday 19 September and has been declared a bank holiday. We discuss whether employees are entitled to be granted the day off work.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: A guide to grievance investigations
Whilst in some cases grievances can be resolved informally, where this is not possible employers will generally be required to carry out an investigation.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Employer’s Covid-19 paid special leave policy held not to be discriminatory
In Cowie and ors v Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the EAT has held that an employer’s paid special leave policy during the Covid-19 pandemic did not give rise to discrimination arising from disability or indirect sex discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Dealing with a data subject access request
Data subject access requests (DSARs) are increasingly being used by employees as a pre-litigation fishing expedition in the context of disciplinary or grievance procedures.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Calculating holiday pay in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel
In Harpur Trust v Brazel, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that part-year workers who are engaged under permanent contracts are entitled to 5.6 weeks of annual leave, and their entitlement should not be reduced pro rata to reflect the number of hours they work.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: The Employment Tribunal finds a Barrister is discriminated against due to gender critical beliefs
In the case of Bailey -v- Garden Court Chambers, an Employment Tribunal has found that Ms Bailey’s gender critical views, which included views about Stonewall’s campaigning on gender self-identity, were a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: UK Government issues new guidance on employment status
Status is key in determining individual rights and protections and the new guidance aims to provide clarity to help both individuals know their rights and businesses understand their obligations.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Whistleblowing – considerations for employer
In our October 2021 blog, we discussed the case of Kong v Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited. The Court of Appeal has now dismissed an appeal of the EAT decision by Ms Kong.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: UK heatwaves – is it too hot to work?
Workers faced with sweltering temperatures are likely asking the question: is it too hot to work?
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Dr Mackereth v DWP
In July 2022 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) held, in the case of Mackereth v The Department for Work and Pensions, that a doctor had not been unlawfully discriminated against by being required to call service users by their preferred pronouns, but that his belief that people cannot change their gender or sex and his lack of belief in “transgenderism” were protected philosophical beliefs under the Equality Act 2010.