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Employment Matters

Issue 15

Editor's note

Welcome to the March 2022 edition of Employment Matters: our round-up of the latest developments in employment law and key issues affecting employers and HR professionals.

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Fear of catching COVID-19 is not a “philosophical belief” protected by discrimination law

An employment tribunal has ruled that an employee's fear of catching COVID-19 was not a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

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The rise of the four-day working week?

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in a shorter working week was slowly gaining momentum. We consider the issues UK employers need to bear in mind if they are considering doing likewise.

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Cutting sick pay for unvaccinated workers

An increasing number of employers are reported to be reducing company sick pay for unvaccinated staff who have to self-isolate after coming into close contact with someone with COVID-19. We discuss the issues for employers who are considering following suit.

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'Partygate': 5 top tips for conducting a workplace investigation

Following the publication of Sue Gray's report, what lessons does 'Partygate' hold for those conducting workplace investigations?

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Executive remuneration 2022 – updated voting guidance for listed UK companies

The three most influential shareholder organisations that express views on executive remuneration at UK listed companies have each issued new shareholder voting guidance for 2022.

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Holiday pay: right to indefinite carry over of holiday when worker takes unpaid holiday

The Court of Appeal has held that a worker who takes holiday, but is not paid for it, is entitled to carry over the right to paid holiday indefinitely - until the employer allows them to take it or until termination of their contract.

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