5 Hot Topics employers need to know in 2022

Free to Attend!

Join Baines Wilson for this free to attend event where they will look at the 5 hot topics employers need to know about in 2022.

Tuesday 1st March 2022
8.00am - 12noon

Refreshments

Tea, coffee and breakfast rolls.

Is it time to talk about the menopause?

In the last three years the number of Employment Tribunal cases that relate to the menopause has increased exponentially.  In September 2021, there was a parliamentary debate on the menopause which led to an increase in media coverage on the topic which found a lack of consideration in the workplace for those suffering with menopausal symptoms. As part of this session we will consider the legislation around the menopause and why it is important to have an open and supportive environment to protect your business against potential claims.

Mental Health

We will also take a look at mental health and how this can be supported in the workplace. A CIPD survey shows that mental health and stress-related absence is the most common cause of long-term sickness in workplaces and that this has increased in the last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Long term absence has a significant negative impact on many aspects of business. We will provide practical advice for employers in supporting employees with mental health issues and consider legislation and employer responsibilities to avoid problems arising.

Vaccinations

From 11 November 2021, all care home workers and anyone entering a care home had to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A government consultation on whether to extend compulsory vaccinations to frontline NHS staff has concluded and it is confirmed that they too must be fully vaccinated. What does this mean for other sectors? We will consider the implications of this legislation for businesses and issues surrounding a compulsory vaccine stance.

Sexual Harassment in the workplace

The Government has now published its consultation findings on workplace sexual harassment which introduces a duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment and protect employees against third-party harassment. There are plans to publish a new statutory code of practice along with guidance for employers on preventing sexual harassment and new legislation is anticipated in 2022. We will look at an employer’s responsibilities in relation to sexual harassment in the workplace, best practice and any changes you need to know about.

Flexible Working

It is anticipated that the Government’s Employment Bill will be published in 2022. As part of this bill, the Government opened up a consultation on implementing changes to the existing rights to request flexible working. The consultation closed on 1 December 2021. One of the main points considered was whether employees should be entitled to make flexible working requests from day one of employment. Other considerations were if the 3 month response time from employers to requests was too long and if employees should be allowed to make more than 1 request in 12 months. What are the potential changes and how will this affect employer’s and their responsibilities?

About Baines Wilson

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Baines Wilson are one of the North of England's leading specialist commercial law firms. Our solicitors work from our offices in Lancaster and Carlisle, and serve clients throughout the UK. We are recognised by Chambers and Legal 500 – the who’s who of the legal profession – with many of our departments consistently achieving top tier rankings. Our clients span the full business spectrum ranging from large international companies to small family businesses. We pride ourselves on our commercial ethos and approach.

We focus wholly on the needs of business and are acutely aware of our responsibility to provide a commercially-realistic service. We also regularly provide bespoke in-house training and hold seminars and workshops designed to help companies manage their businesses more effectively.

Caroline Rayner

Caroline Rayner

Role: Partner

Department: Employment Law

Read about Caroline

Caroline is an Employment Partner at Baines Wilson. She is experienced in advising employers on wide ranging HR and employment law issues in a pragmatic and commercial way. Caroline has throughout her career acted on behalf of businesses both locally and nationally, from sole traders to large companies. She regularly represents employers in Employment Tribunal and Court proceedings in disputes involving issues such as those relating to dismissal, breach of contract and discrimination. She also advises on non-contentious issues such as drafting and implementing contracts, policies and procedures and business sales and acquisitions from an employment perspective. Caroline regularly delivers training and seminars to employers, trade organisations, and business events as well as appearing on the radio and in press to discuss current legal issues facing employers.

Caroline has a commercial litigation background and has a particular interest in disputes involving an employment law overlap, such as those concerning breach of restrictive covenants and other breach of contract claims. She also has experience in property litigation, particularly involving dilapidations in commercial property.

Tom Scaife

Tom Scaife

Role: Partner

Department: Employment Law

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Tom is an Employment Partner at Baines Wilson. Tom specialises in dealing with the employment aspects of business sales and acquisitions and plays an active role in developing and managing employment law training courses and seminars on behalf of clients.

Tom advises clients on Employment Tribunal claims, prepares lists of documents and witness statements and has appeared as an advocate in Tribunals. Tom specialises in drafting Directors’ Service Agreements, Contracts and Handbooks. He can also make sure that Handbooks are kept up to date as legislation changes. Tom provides advice on HR and day to day employment issues, such as discipline and grievance handling. Tom is the Legal Director for Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster.

Joanne Holborn

Joanne Holborn

Role: Partner

Department: Employment Law

Read about Joanne

Joanne Holborn is a highly experienced Employment Law advocate and has represented both private and public sector clients in Employment Tribunals throughout the UK. Her case load has been varied and has included mass redundancy situations and workplace closures, dismissal of senior executives and settlement agreements, allegations of discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability and equal pay. Joanne has a special interest in health at work and has lectured on this topic at Nottingham University. Joanne has also developed and delivered bespoke training programmes for a number of clients.

Joanne has played a leading role in organising annual health conferences in the North East that has attracted high profile speakers and national interest. Joanne has also addressed a number of conferences and seminars, particularly on the subjects of fitness for work, managing sickness absence, stress, occupational health and health promotion at work.

Joanne is used to advising businesses on a range of employment issues and clients are able to benefit from Joanne’s practical and pragmatic approach to deal with all their HR and legal queries.

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