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Earlier this month, the Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech in front of parliament outlining the government’s priorities for the coming year. 

There were 38 new bills in the Queen’s speech that government ministers intend to bring into law this year, covering issues spanning a wide number of sectors such as infrastructure, digital, security, Brexit, education, the environment, finance and housing.

The lack of discussion for reform to employee rights has brought about criticism from unions and industry groups, accusing the government of ‘turning its back’ on workers. Unfortunately, as far as employment law updates 2022 has to offer, from this speech, they are so far non-existent.

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Our Head of Employment, Gemma Bailey has taken the time to analyse a multitude of factors to compile the most important employment law updates for the coming year. Read them all here. More...

 

The workplace has once again been significantly impacted by the recent rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Consequently, the legislative changes regarding how we live our everyday lives has impacted the workplace. In this article we explain how three key employment law / HR related changes will impact businesses and their employees. More...

 

Whistleblowing is back in the news, with the Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen (Facebook Product Manager) testifying before the U.S. Senate at an internet safety hearing on Capitol Hill.

Here in the UK, the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Martin v London Borough of Southwark and the Governing Body of Evelina School (EA-2020-000432-JOJ) has clarified that whistleblowing disclosures must be assessed methodically before deciding whether it qualifies for protection. More...

 

The pandemic has produced challenges in all aspects of our lives, not least the job market. As the economy grinded to a halt, so too did people’s income.

As a result, the government put in place the job retention scheme. This was how employers could continue paying its employees the majority of their wage, by way of a grant, through the various lockdowns.

However, now the pandemic is retreating somewhat, the job retention scheme is ending. So, what support is in place, if any, to help us come out the other end? More...

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