Following the widely publicised release of the Taylor Report, Employment Law has found itself as a central topic of discussion in the mainstream media this week.
In the wake of debates about working practices in the modern economy, your weekly HR & Employment Law roundup will contain everything employers need to know about the Taylor Review, information about a recent whilstleblowing case, key tips on managing HR challenges during Wimbledon and much more.
The Taylor Review: what employers need to know
Conducted by Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair, the report into modern employment practices called on the Government to ‘adopt the ambition that all work should be fair and decent with scope for fulfilment and development.’.
The report has been met with criticism from trade unions and employment lawyers alike who claim it does not go far enough to extend rights and protections for gig economy workers in its recommendations.
But what exactly does the report recommend and how does it affect employers?
Read more about what the Taylor Review means for Employers.
Whistleblowing: Court of Appeal rules on “public interest” test
The Court of Appeal has delivered a judgement on a key case that sets out the approach to be taken by tribunals when deciding if a disclosure is ‘in the public interest’.
The court heard separate interpretations over what ‘in the public interest’ means from both the employer and Mr Nurmohamed, the whilstleblower, and concluded that ‘the statutory test of what is “in the public interest” does not lend itself to absolute rules’.
Read more about this key case, whistleblowing and ‘public interest’.
Wimbledon 2017: Game, Set & Match
With increased absenteeism, heightened emotion and loss of focus, major sporting events can present challenges for employers.
However, by managing employee expectations and forming a strategy for tackling issues that could arise, employers can ensure that a productive balance can be struck between the needs of a business and employee enthusiasm about the most prestigious tournament in tennis.
Employment Solicitor, Dippalli Naik suggests practical steps that employers can take to reduce risk during Wimbledon. Read more.
Man Hits Back at Bosses for Telling Him to Remove His Makeup
Currys PC World came under fire this week after Scott Laplanche, a male shop worker, was reprimanded for wearing makeup at work.
Stressing that there was no ‘make-up policy’ at work, Scott felt that the treatment he received was discriminatory given that his female colleagues were able to come into work wearing it.
Read more about discriminatory treatment at Currys PC World.
Treading Carefully over Dress Codes
Enforced in workplaces across the country, dress codes help to create an image of professionalism, put employees at ease and avoid issues that could be caused through inappropriate or unsafe choices. However, implementing a dress code is not without its problems. Using recent examples, we discuss how dress codes can leave employers facing not only a PR nightmare, but accusations of sex and religious discrimination.
Read more about treading carefully when it comes to dress codes.