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Monthly Archive February 2013

Balancing religion in the workplace

Balancing religious and philosophical needs of employees is becoming a challenge for employers, particularly as recent case law suggests that political beliefs may amount to being a philosophical belief. Therefore the pertinent question is – how far do employers have to go to accommodate an employee’s religious or philosophical belief?

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Shared parental leave and flexible working

The Government is acting on the promise they made last year to commit to working families in the 21stcentury through the publication of the Children and Families Bill. You may recall that the proposals relating to changes in employment law included shared parental leave, pay and extending the right to request flexible working to all employees – this has now been put in motion. The Bill has been through its first reading and though all is not yet clear, we now have a fair idea of the changes to be implemented. 

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Valid forfeiture of a benefit attained through a compromise agreement (now settlement agreements)

The difficulties of dealing with exiting senior management are the same in all industries. Existing employees, particularly those who have the potential their former employer’s damage, very easily forget their duty of fidelity. Many employers protect their interests by agreeing compromise agreements (from 29 July 2013 compromise agreements have been renamed as settlement agreements). However, does an employee forfeit their agreed financial benefit or payment if they breach their executed compromise agreement? 

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