Farrer - 2017

WorkLife entries posted during 2017

What has the Working Time Directive ever done for us? The first employment-related Brexit battleground

What has the Working Time Directive ever done for us?  The first employment-related Brexit battleground

Earlier in December, a number of Sunday papers reported that there is widespread cabinet support for removing the rules derived from the Working Time Directive. In this piece, I will assess the impact of removing the existing working time rules, whether it is credible to describe such a proposal as a benefit to workers (as the Sun on Sunday reported) and what the proposal might tell us about the future of UK employment regulation post-Brexit.

Data breaches just got a lot more worrying for employers

Data breaches just got a lot more worrying for employers

A concerning case for employers came out of the High Court at the start of this month.  In a case which has the potential to open the door to large-scale actions by affected data-subjects, the court in Various Claimants v Wm Morrisons Supermarket PLC held for the first time that employers can be vicariously liable for data protection breaches by employees.

Whistleblowing and the mind-set of the decision-maker

Whistleblowing and the mind-set of the decision-maker

The recent Court of Appeal case of The Royal Mail -v- Jhuti gives guidance for employers when reaching decisions to dismiss employees in circumstances where the employee has in the past raised protected disclosures. 

Update on EHRC’s steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

Update on EHRC’s steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

The country’s largest companies, including magic circle law firms, have this week been contacted by The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to remind them of their legal responsibilities for the “safety and dignity” of their employees.  Recipients of the letter from the EHRC have also been asked to supply evidence of what safeguards they have in place to prevent sexual harassment; what steps they have taken to ensure all employees are able to report instances of harassment without fea...