2019 promises to be an eventful 12 months, if the way it has begun is anything to go by. With so much fluidity in the political, economic and legal arena, one thing is certain: there are significant changes on the horizon.
Asda has lost the latest stage of a long-running legal battle in the Court of Appeal meaning that thousands of female Asda employees are a step closer to receiving equal pay to their higher-paid colleagues.
Following the Taylor Review on the impact of modern working practices and the “gig economy”, the government has set out its proposals to reform employment law, describing them as some of the biggest changes to workers’ rights in 20 years.
The annual work Christmas party is a great opportunity for staff to relax and enjoy themselves after a year of hard work. However, the mix of alcohol and high spirits can easily become a problem for employers if the behaviour of their employees gets out of hand.
Mental health is now an issue at the forefront of many housing associations’ minds. While this is particularly the case in relation to mental health at work, organisations also need to focus on the same issues in relation to their tenants and service users.
Many employers operate a policy which states that holiday can’t usually be carried over from one holiday year to the next, so if a worker doesn’t take all of their leave days in that year, they will cease to be entitled to them.
Following the high-profile scandals in Westminster and Hollywood, ministers are proposing to make it illegal for employers to use non-disclosure agreements or settlement agreements, otherwise known as “gagging orders”, in workplace sexual harassment claims where the assault amounts to criminal behaviour.
Statistics show that Employment Tribunal claims have more than doubled after the scrapping of Tribunal fees, with a big increase in the number of employees bringing claims themselves without legal representation.