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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: Employment Law and Climate Change
The UK has committed to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and plans to be the first major economy to require corporations to report climate related risk and opportunities, but what impact does climate change have on employment law?
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: The Gender Pay Gap Results
The Office for National Statistics has now released information that the UK's 2021 gender pay gap has grown since 2020 but remains smaller than it was in 2019.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Caring responsibilities and discrimination
Returning to work: a requirement to work full time from the office may be discriminatory against those with caring responsibilities.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Dismissing a whistleblower
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a Tribunal judgment that a whistleblower who was dismissed for criticising a colleague was not automatically unfairly dismissed.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Mental Health in the Workplace
Following World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October 2021, we are reminded of the importance of mental health. Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to improve their emotional intelligence, develop compassion and demonstrate that they care about their employees.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Government Introduces One Week of Unpaid Leave for Carers
Following a consultation that took place last year, the Government has announced that they will be introducing an entitlement to one week’s unpaid leave for carers. This is in recognition of approximately five million people in the UK providing unpaid support to an elderly or disabled relative or friend, whilst juggling other responsibilities including paid employment.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Consultation on changes to flexible working requests
Last week, the government published a consultation document, “Making flexible working the new default” which includes its proposal to allow all employees to request flexible working arrangements from day one of their employment, replacing the current 26 week wait period.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Flexible working and indirect sex discrimination
This week has seen the opening of a new Government consultation on proposals to change the current flexible working framework. These proposals include making the right to request flexible working a day one right and consideration being given to the business reasons for refusing requests and the administrative process for dealing with these. Following the fundamental shift to flexible working during the pandemic, as employers now start requiring employees to return to the more traditional office based 9-5, we anticipate there will be an increase in flexible working requests.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Refusal to allow an employee an appeal against a redundancy is not the be all and end all but it is an important factor
In the case of Gwynedd Council v Barratt, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled that the refusal by the employer to allow an employee the right to an appeal against their dismissal by reason of redundancy, was a relevant factor in determining whether the dismissal was unfair or not; however, it would not make the dismissal inevitably unfair.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Personal Injury Claim able to proceed despite the parties previously entering into a Settlement Agreement
The High Court has ruled that the personal injury case of Farnham-Oliver v RM Educational Resources Ltd was able to proceed, despite the parties having entered into a Settlement Agreement to settle the same matter arising in an Employment Tribunal claim brought five years previously.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Plaistow Prison Discrimination Case
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that a prison officer should be compensated for career long loss resulting from discrimination and harassment he suffered because of his sexual orientation.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: The benefits of having a Hybrid Working Policy in the new working age
The global pandemic has seen a multitude of changes to the daily lives of individuals across the world and enforced home working has catapulted the working environment into a virtual and home based reality. Despite initial challenges, many organisations and individuals have seen the benefits of working from home. As such, employers up and down the country are beginning to consider making home working a new norm of the future by introducing home working or hybrid working policies.