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10th November 2021

Applying for Medical Exemption From Vaccination 

The Government has recently legislated to require employees working in Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated care homes in England to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to provide proof that they are medically exempt from vaccination.  There has been a concern since the legislation was introduced that the process for obtaining an exemption was uncertain […]


8th September 2021

Surfacing Driver Takes One for the Road

Many employers have seen a reduction in sickness instances over the last sixteen months of the pandemic; furlough, flexible working and operating from home are significant contributing factors to this positive development.  A more fluid approach to work continues to improve the physical and mental well-being of the employee, and innovations in the support offered […]

4th August 2021

The “Kost” of Bargaining Behind the Unions’ Back?

Collective bargaining describes the process by which workers negotiate terms of employment, through their union representatives; unions will most likely pre-negotiate, before negotiating and attempting to reach contractual agreement on a particular matter.  This process is pro-employee and certainly gives a voice to workers in the betterment of their wages and working conditions.  As well […]

1st July 2021

“I do not agree with what you have to say, But I defend your right to say it.”

CGD Europe, a subsidiary of the Centre for Global Development decided not to renew Maya Forstater’s visiting fellow contract and offered no further consultancy work, following an investigation into a series of tweets that expressed her views on gender.  In 2019 she lodged a discrimination claim which the ET dismissed, finding that her comments were […]

2nd June 2021

“Go Green (HR) Or Go Home?”

HR leaders are in the midst of designing a new future for the HR function and different models or thought processes are required if HR is to remain relevant, going forward.  The default position of many organisations in these times is to please the owner or shareholders (rather than the worker), which decreases the ability […]

12th May 2021

Supermarket Store Workers Seeking To “Pocket the Difference” In Equal Pay Claim

Last month in Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley & Others, the Supreme Court found that the claimants (mostly women working in supermarkets) were entitled to compare themselves for equal pay purposes with employees (mostly men) working within Asda Distribution Centres (“DC”).  A ‘valid comparator’ is a critical stage in establishing the basis for a successful […]

7th April 2021

“You Can Do A Lot If You’re Properly Trained, It’s All To Do With The Training” – Queen Elizabeth II

When is an employee deemed effectively trained in employment policies and procedures?  An excellent sense check is to imagine the worst-case scenario played out in any particular area, then examining whether the training expectation is actually being fulfilled properly.  Is it a fluid, progressive programme that facilitates colleagues to live, breathe and keep up to […]