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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Employment

Volunteer was a worker when undertaking remunerated activities

Friday, 24 May 2024

In a significant decision, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found that a volunteer was a worker when carrying out activities that attracted a right of remuneration.

Volunteer was a worker when undertaking remunerated activities

Articles & Blogs Employment

EHRC business plan highlights continued focus on sexual harassment

Friday, 24 May 2024

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its 2024/2025 business plan. This offers an interesting insight into key areas of strategic focus in the immediate future.

EHRC business plan highlights continued focus on sexual harassment

Articles & Blogs Employment

Government opens consultation on TUPE reforms shortly before announcing general election

Friday, 24 May 2024

Shortly prior to announcing the general election, the government opened consultation on proposals to reform TUPE and abolish European Works Councils.

Government opens consultation on TUPE reforms shortly before announcing general election

Articles & Blogs Commercial Contracts

Why bother with the legal small print? For one person, the answer was a bottle of Wine

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Someone has claimed a free bottle of wine, as they were the first person in three months to read something that had been hidden away in the Tax Policy Associates website legal terms.

Why bother with the legal small print? For one person, the answer was a bottle of Wine

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

Medicines shortages have become commonplace since Brexit: Nuffield report

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

The number of warnings that pharma suppliers have given in the UK around medicine shortages have shot up from 648 in 2020 to 1,634 in 2023, causing serious problems for the NHS, doctors, pharmacists and patients.

Medicines shortages have become commonplace since Brexit: Nuffield report

Articles & Blogs Employment

Individual liability in discrimination cases

Friday, 17 May 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has offered guidance on when an individual respondent could be found liable for discriminating against a claimant.

Individual liability in discrimination cases

Articles & Blogs Employment

Government introduces new 'WorkWell' pilot scheme

Friday, 17 May 2024

Following the Prime Minister's announcement about plans to help people with health conditions return to work, the Government has now confirmed a new pilot scheme will launch in October.

Government introduces new 'WorkWell' pilot scheme

Articles & Blogs Employment

'Fire and re-hire': tribunals may uplift protective award by up to 25% under new statutory Code

Friday, 17 May 2024

Tribunals are to be given the power to uplift the protective award by up to 25% where employers have unreasonably failed to follow the new statutory Code on dismissal and re-engagement.

'Fire and re-hire': tribunals may uplift protective award by up to 25% under new statutory Code

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

AI - the MHRA's approach to the impending regulatory influx

Thursday, 16 May 2024

For UK Life Sciences, the MHRA shoulders the responsibility for balancing between making the UK a hub for AI innovation, and keeping products within acceptable limits. A likely rise in AI-related medical products also adds to the challenge.

AI - the MHRA's approach to the impending regulatory influx

Articles & Blogs Pharma & Life Sciences

BenevolentAI and AstraZeneca AI pharma collaboration yields success with heart failure target

Thursday, 16 May 2024

Using BenevolentAI's AI-driven drug discovery platform, the two companies have jointly identified a novel target for heart failure, which has been added to AstraZeneca’s discovery portfolio.

BenevolentAI and AstraZeneca AI pharma collaboration yields success with heart failure target

Articles & Blogs Healthcare

The Premises Costs Directions 2024 now in force - a step in the right direction?

Friday, 10 May 2024

Several years in the making, The National Health Service (General Medical Services - Premises Costs) Directions 2024 (The 2024 Directions) were published on 9 May 2024.

The Premises Costs Directions 2024 now in force - a step in the right direction?

Articles & Blogs Healthcare

New waste separation regulations in Wales - what do GPs need to know?

Friday, 10 May 2024

From 6 April 2024 new waste separation regulations have come into force affecting occupiers of business premises, including GP practices and pharmacies, operating in Wales.

New waste separation regulations in Wales - what do GPs need to know?

Articles & Blogs Healthcare

Navigating restructures in primary care - a compassionate approach

Friday, 10 May 2024

Restructuring in a primary care setting can be an emotionally challenging experience for both employees and employers, particularly when redundancies are being considered. Here we set out guidance on taking a compassionate approach to a restructure.

Navigating restructures in primary care: a compassionate approach

Articles & Blogs Employment

Claim missed off list of issues should have been considered by Tribunal

Thursday, 09 May 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that Tribunals must consider all claims raised by a claimant and should not rely solely on an agreed list of issues.

Claim missed off list of issues should have been considered by Tribunal

Articles & Blogs Employment

Changes to employer's duty to prevent sexual harassment - technical guidance expected in September 2024

Thursday, 09 May 2024

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has confirmed that it intends to update its technical guidance to reflect the changes that will be introduced by the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023.

Changes to employer's duty to prevent sexual harassment - technical guidance expected in September 2024