WorkLife entries posted during October 2014

Bring Your Own Device guidance - with no corkage fee

Bring Your Own Device guidance - with no corkage fee

You may be surprised to hear that the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (“CPNI”), a branch of GCHQ, has published guidance for employers on Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) schemes. Since when were employer equipment practices a matter of national security, you may ask?  Well, a study last year found that seven out of every ten employees who own a smartphone or tablet use it to access corporate data.  Those employees could be working for organisations ranging from small...

Provision of services via a limited company: ‘in employment’ for the purposes of the Equality Act?

Provision of services via a limited company: ‘in employment’ for the purposes of the Equality Act?

The Court of Appeal has this week given judgment in the case of Halawi v WDFG UK Ltd , looking at the definition of ‘in employment’ for the purposes of protection against discrimination. Ms Halawi provided her services to a business called Caroline South Associates (CSA).  CSA provided management services to Shiseido cosmetics. Ms Halawi worked selling Shiseido products in a duty-free shop space run by World Duty Free (WDFG) at Heathrow airport. She did so via a limited company formed...

Should Ched be given another chance? How employers should treat employees with criminal records

Should Ched be given another chance? How employers should treat employees with criminal records

No one will need reminding as to why Ched Evans has been in the news in recent weeks. The case has attracted a huge amount of media interest, with even Nick Clegg offering his two-bits. The public (and Sheffield United board) seem to be divided as to whether Evans should be allowed to play professional football again for his former club.

Frozen

Frozen

Lots of publicity for Apple’s announcement last week that, following in the wake of Facebook, it would be offering its US-based female employees a financial contribution towards the cost of freezing eggs. If Apple subscribes to the maxim that all publicity is good publicity then this was a triumph; a ferocious on-line discussion has ensued, although much of it is critical. 

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