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UK Covid-19: “work from home” guidance continues to 19 July; recent tribunal cases highlight issues for employers planning return to the workplace

United Kingdom - June 15 2021 Yesterday evening saw the postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ and the continuation of the ‘work from home if possible’ guidance, most probably until 19 July…

HONG KONG: HR Investigation Insights: Prompt and thorough investigation justifies summary dismissal for secret business

Hong Kong - June 10 2021 In the recent case of Cosme De Net Company Limited v Lam Kin Ming [2021] HKDC 445, [2021] HKEC 1655, an employee had been engaging in secret business…

Hong Kong safety snapshots: protections for ill and injured workers

Hong Kong - June 1 2021 Like many jurisdictions, Hong Kong has various statutory measures in place to protect injured workers. It can be complex in understanding the scope…

UK: recent cases provide insights into level of fines for health and safety offences by very large organisations

United Kingdom - May 21 2021 Since February 2016, judges imposing fines for Corporate Manslaughter, health and safety offences and food safety offences have been required to…

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers

United Kingdom - May 14 2021 The Prime Minister has just confirmed that Step 3 of the roadmap for relaxing the Covid-19 restrictions will go ahead on Monday 17 May as planned…

Employment Espresso Pods: Workplace Mental Wellness

United Kingdom - May 12 2021 To mark Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW21, Tim Leaver is joined by Sam Brown, a partner in our Pensions team and UK Regional Head of Employment…

Employment Espresso Pods: Return to work: Jabs, Tests & Psychedelic Zebras

United Kingdom - April 13 2021 We are delighted to launch a new podcast series: “Employment Espresso Pods” Join Herbert Smith Freehills’ Employment team for a coffee catch up as…

UK: EAT rules that usual time limits apply to pay claims for taken holiday, even if employer refused to provide paid leave

European Union, United Kingdom - March 31 2021 The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, where a worker has taken statutory holiday but not been paid, holiday pay claims must be brought…

UK Covid-19: round-up of recent changes for employers to 31 March 2021

United Kingdom - March 31 2021 The pandemic has presented a constant challenge for employers in keeping up with frequent changes to rules and guidance. As the restrictions now…

UK: ECJ clarifies when periods of standby are ‘working time’

United Kingdom - March 30 2021 Employers who engage workers on standby or on-call shifts will welcome the clarity provided by two recent European Court of Justice rulings. The ECJ…