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Since our last Newsletter in early September, to say there’s been rather a lot going on is an understatement. That ‘permacrisis’ is the Collins Dictionary’s word of the year says it all!

In employment law terms, we’re in a period of relative ‘calm before the storm’.  You may be aware that the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will automatically repeal any ‘retained’ EU law from the end of 2023 (if specific legislation is not introduced to retain it).  This could prove a significant shake-up for UK employment law.

Until we know more about that, there remains plenty to digest in this issue.  There’s new ACAS guidance on suspensions, ICO draft guidance on monitoring at work, 3 juicy employment cases and 3 current work-related topics to keep on your radar.

Our ‘nothing about employment law’ bit tells the remarkable story of the search of the wreck of Shackleton’s Endurance, finally found 3000 metres below the surface of the Weddell Sea earlier this year.  Spine-tingling stuff!

If you’ve got any topics you’d like us to include in blogs or future newsletters, we’d love to hear more so please do get in touch. In the meantime, we hope you find this edition useful.

Legislative changes

  • ACAS has published new guidance on suspensions in the workplace. It covers  suspension during an investigation at work and guidance on suspensions for medical reasons and during pregnancy.
  • A brief summary of The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill outlines some areas of employment law which may be affected by repeals.
  • The pace of change in technology means The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is reviewing its guidance on employment practices and data protection.  Their current consultation concerns the important topic of monitoring at work.

Recent employment cases


Employment law issues to keep on your radar

  • What are the potential menopause-related claims for an employer? What’s next for menopause in the workplace? Anne-Marie Boyle answers these in her recent blog.
  • There remain employees who don’t want to return to the office. Luke Menzies gives some pointers on how to manage these ‘reluctant returners‘ in as low risk a way as possible.
  • The rise in hybrid working makes running a workplace investigation even more challenging.  Tamsin James shares great tips for ensuring your workplace investigation is a fair one.


Make yourself a cuppa and enjoy this fascinating read from the journalism team at Delayed Gratification. You may have followed the recent discovery of Endurance, Shackleton’s doomed ship.  After 100 years, it was found, extremely well-preserved at the bottom of the Weddell Sea.  The story is told alongside that of Shackleton’s original remarkable tale of survival from 1916.  A lost cause | Delayed Gratification (


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