Brexit and the employment contract

4 July 2018

Gudrun Limbrick looks at the often contradictory effects that Brexit is having on the nature of the employment contract and more widely on the future of employment.

Unpaid internships

27 June 2018

There was a time when young people leaving university, with the shine still on their new degree certificate, felt like they could walk into the graduate job of their choosing. However, there are indications that graduate employment is not quite as robust as it once was. One result of this, it has been said, is the practice of asking graduates to work for free to gain experience to get a paid job. While this is not a new practice, the Taylor Review has recently brought the whole issue into sharp focus says Gudrun Limbrick.

Migraine: not your usual headache

20 June 2018

Migraine is the most common neurological disorder in the UK. Understanding of the problem is generally poor and yet, writes Vicky Powell, there is much that proactive employers can — and indeed should — do to support sufferers and address the key work-related issues around this debilitating health issue.

Discrimination update 2018, part 2

20 June 2018

Part 1 of this Bulletin, published last month, looked at developments in the areas of discrimination on the grounds of sex, equal pay, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment

18 June 2018

In this article, Kathy Daniels, employment law author and lecturer, looks at the legal aspects of managing allegations of sexual harassment.

Men’s health and diabetes

11 June 2018

Men face considerable health risks that are often compounded by a mixture of being unaware, uninformed, inhibited, intrinsically stubborn or simply too scared to talk about and act on their problems. Jon Herbert considers the example of diabetes as highlighted by Men’s Health Week.

Social prescribing — the benefits for general practice and patients

11 June 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, stated: “Social prescribing is not a new idea — good GPs have always done it, it just didn’t have a name — but we need to start realising the wider, long-term benefits this way of working can have, for general practice, the wider NHS, and most importantly our patients.” Deborah Bellamy investigates.

The risk and rewards of zero-hours contracts

7 June 2018

Zero-hours contracts are not a new concept, but the increasing numbers and perceived exploitation have brought their use more sharply into focus in recent years. There are over 800,000 people employed in the UK on zero-hours contracts in their main employment. Those working under such contracts are most likely to be young (aged 16–24), part time, women, or in full-time education, working on average 26 hours a week. Paul Tew, Small Business Consultant and Freelance Advisor, looks at how this type of arrangement can be used to provide employers with a flexible workforce, in order to meet a temporary or changeable need for staff.

Discrimination update 2018, part 1

30 May 2018

This annual Bulletin describes the key developments in equality law that have taken place during the last 12 months. Part 1 focuses on the protected characteristics of sex (including equal pay cases), pregnancy, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation. Both changes to legislation and case law are included.