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While priority measures are understandably focused on the threat to life and health, with governments around the world implementing quarantine and social distancing procedures, local and international trade and business has been and will continue to be affected in different and, often extreme, ways.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to offer insights into some of the key issues facing employers in the UK.
If the coronavirus continues to spread, we anticipate the impact to businesses will be significant and as such, businesses need to respond robustly to minimise their exposure to further commercial risks and to protect their employees and for business continuity.
Case review 20/11/2019
Cadent Gas Ltd v Singh [08.10.19]. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently upheld a decision that an employee was dismissed because of his trade union activities, in circumstances where the manager driving the disciplinary process had been motivated by hostilities towards the employee’s union.
Case review 01/11/2019
Community Based Care Health v Narayan [02.09.19]. In a judgment that could potentially have wide ranging and expensive implications for organisations that engage locum GPs, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided that a locum GP was a “worker” under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and not a self-employed contractor.
Insurers face challenges investigating claims due to companies’ anxieties over data protection and fear of breaching data management obligations, accentuated by the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.
This update includes a round-up of recent court decisions raising issues relating to design responsibility, damages for wrongful termination, oral variations to contracts and the employment status of independent contractors.
The Supreme Court dismisses Pimlico Plumbers’ appeal, thereby allowing Mr Smith’s claims as a ‘worker’ to be heard by the Employment Tribunal.
It does not matter where you work or what you do, the recent spotlight on gender equality is having an impact on all businesses, regardless of size, nature or geographical location.