Now that the summer is a distant memory and we’re all firmly ‘back to school’, it is normally to be expected that Parliament gets back to passing legislation including employment law. However, we all know that the words ‘normal’ and ‘Parliament’ are not going to sit well together at the moment. While we watch with alarm the goings-on in Westminster, we can at least update you on the latest Government no-deal policy for immigration and right-to-work checks. We also update you on the Law Commission’s sign-off on e-signatures and in our case update this month we focus on disability discrimination and what it takes (or does not take) for a whistle blowing disclosure to be in the public interest.
As lawyers, the last few days have often left us often open mouthed what’s been going on in Parliament and in the courts. The Supreme Court’s recent judgment on the proroguing of Parliament is, in legal history terms, simply dynamite, and probably the most significant judgment of any court in the land in several hundred years. Meanwhile, it feels impossible to comment in a way that doesn’t sound partisan on the fact that the UK Government is openly and repeatedly insisting that it will not obey the law.
Luckily, we have lots of work supporting our clients to keep us busy and distracted from the constitutional crisis. We continue to be very busy with mental health dismissals and Tribunal claims, as well as enjoying our gearing up for our next Employment Law Update event on 8 October.
Tuesday 8 October 2019
Morning: our usual Employment Law Update format, sharing our knowledge on a range of current employment law topics, including a focus on IR35 featuring a Tax specialist as a special guest to complement our legal experts.
Afternoon: a deep dive into the hot topic of pregnancy and maternity in the workplace, focused on knowing the law, reducing your legal risk and retaining your women returners.