National Older Workers Week and diversity in the workforce

24 November 2023

November 20 to 24 2023 is National Older Workers Week. By 2025, current estimates by Age UK are that one in three workers will be 50 or over. Age is an important factor to consider therefore when it comes to diversity in the workforce, and employers should ensure that it is part of the diversity, equality, equity and inclusion efforts. In this feature, we look at how employers can do that.

Getting to grips with upcoming Equality Act changes: discrimination, disability and equal pay

24 November 2023

Amendments will be made to the Equality Act 2010 from 1 January 2024 that employers need to know about. These changes will bring clarity to post-Brexit discrimination law and enshrine a number of key employee rights onto the UK statute books. In this follow-up article, Stacie Cheadle, Croner-i employment law researcher and writer, looks at changes to the Equality Act 2010.

Zero-hours contracts: a brief guide

23 November 2023

Zero-hours contracts are often a point of contention. The appeal of this type of contract is its flexible nature, but that’s also where the majority of issues arise.

Getting to grips with upcoming Equality Act changes: pregnancy, maternity and breastfeeding

17 November 2023

From 1 January 2024, major legal changes will come about as UK law separates itself from EU law. In order to continue to offer the same protection to employee rights, the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) will need to be amended. Stacie Cheadle, Croner-i employment law researcher and writer, looks at these changes in relation to pregnancy, maternity and breastfeeding in this first of two articles.

Top tips for ensuring inclusive work-related social events

17 November 2023

As we approach the end of the year, many employers will be looking back at the successes in the business over the last 12 months, and thinking of ways they can celebrate this with their employees. Traditionally, a Christmas party has been a focal point of this, generally involving a late night, alcohol and frivolity. But are such events truly inclusive? In this article, Stacie Cheadle, Croner-i employment law researcher and writer, looks at work-related social events and presents our top tips for ensuring they are inclusive to all.

How reforms to Faster Cancer Diagnosis standards affect primary care

14 November 2023

The NHS in England has streamlined ten existing cancer performance standards, including the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS) that was introduced in April 2021, into three key cancer waiting time standards with associated targets and covering additional patients. This feature looks at the reforms which were brought in on 1 October 2023, how they will better support patients with suspected cancer, and how primary care services will be affected by the changes.

The latest on changes to holiday pay and other retained EU law

10 November 2023

After a long wait, the Government has finally released its responses to consultations on reforms to retained EU laws and the calculation of annual leave entitlement for part-year and irregular hours workers. In particular, it has announced plans to reverse the effects of the Harpur Trust v Brazel decision, which is sure to come as a relief to many employers. In this feature, Croner-i employment law researcher and writer, Stacie Cheadle, looks at the government announcement and what it means for employers.

Does the UK need heartbreak leave?

3 November 2023

Following a relationship break-up, the Italian prime minister announced that she was taking a day’s leave. Relationship break-ups can be a distressing time and impact on an individual’s mental and emotional health. They can also raise practical issues, such as moving house, separating finances and organising childcare. But does this mean employers should be giving heartbreak leave? In this feature, Croner-i employment law researcher and writer, Stacie Cheadle, looks at the concept of heartbreak leave, whether it is legally required and what an employer’s options are.

Dealing with conflicting beliefs at work

26 October 2023

Conflicting beliefs at work is, for the most part, inevitable at some stage. When a group are brought together connected only by their employer, it is likely they are going to have different religious, ethical, moral or political beliefs. It is therefore imperative that employers manage any issues that arise as a result of conflicting beliefs, before they escalate and cause problems within the workforce, with customers or suppliers.

5 things you should know when an employee has a serious illness

20 October 2023

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a time to raise awareness of cancer and its impact on the lives of those with it, their friends and family and their work and home life. Each year, around 55,000 women and 370 men are affected by breast cancer. Overall, Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that around three million people are living with cancer in the UK, and this is likely to rise to 3.5 million by 2025. Cancer, and other serious illnesses, can happen to anyone. Employers therefore should have a plan in place for supporting and managing an employee with a serious illness, as it is likely that someone in the workforce is currently going through this or will be in the future.