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Employment Matters

Issue 13

Editor's Note

Welcome to our April 2021 edition of Employment Matters, our round up of key developments in employment law and issues that matter to employers and HR professionals.

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Uber drivers are workers: Supreme Court decision

Today's unanimous landmark Supreme Court decision confirms that Uber drivers are 'workers' for employment law purposes and so are entitled to rights such as paid holiday and national minimum wage, as well as protection as whistleblowers.

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No right to indefinite carry over of holiday where worker takes unpaid holiday

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed appeals by Gary Smith against judgments of the Employment Tribunal (ET) that Pimlico Plumbers (Pimlico) did not discriminate against Mr Smith and he was not entitled to any amounts in respect of holiday pay. Mishcon de Reya has represented Pimlico since the outset of this litigation in 2011.

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Welcome clarification for employment businesses and hirers on the practical application of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010

The decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Angard Staffing Solutions Ltd and anor v Kocur and anor [2020] UKEAT/0105/19/JOJ has provided helpful clarification on various aspects of agency workers' rights under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, particularly in relation to Regulations 5 and 13.

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Equal Pay: Supreme Court confirms supermarket shop staff can compare themselves to warehouse staff

The Supreme Court's decision in Asda Stores v. Brierley confirms that for the purposes of their equal pay claims, retail staff working in Asda supermarkets can compare themselves to distribution staff working in Asda warehouses.

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Women on boards: the final Hampton-Alexander report is a major milestone, but there is still a long way to go

The Hampton-Alexander Review has published its fifth and final report on improving gender balance in FTSE leadership.

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Diversity and Inclusion Technology: The future is now

In this session we explored how can businesses harness new innovations in technology to build strong and diverse teams faster, set D&I goals and measure success.

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Can an employer make its staff have the COVID-19 jab?

There is currently considerable debate about whether an employer can have a mandatory vaccination policy.

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Employee health data in the age of COVID-19

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have faced increased obligations to ensure the health and safety of employees, whether working on-site or at home.

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COVID-19: FAQs for employers

In this note, we set out the most frequently asked questions, with our answers, taking into account the latest Government advice.

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Pay transparency in the modern workplace

British culture has long been reticent about openly discussing financial matters. However a new generation of millennial workers with different views and values about money and the workplace has begun to challenge this. This generational shift focuses more on a culture of inclusivity and openness and values a high degree of trust in the employer.

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Restricted Shares - an alternative to LTIPs

Conventional executive long term share incentive plans (LTIPs) used by listed companies have many perceived drawbacks which has led to an increasing number of companies switching to Restricted Shares.

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