Future of work - liability in the workplace
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The 2021 Early May bank holiday marked 407 days since the UK Government imposed the first lockdown and, despite a brief respite (of-sorts) over the summer of 2020 and the short Christmas 2020 period, either due to nationwide restrictions or tier systems, leisure centres have been forced to close for over 60% of that time.
In December 2019 we looked into some of the key proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system. Just over a year on, various developments have taken place as this area of law continues to evolve following the Grenfell disaster. Recent examples include the introduction of the Fire Safety Bill, which has progressed through both the House of Commons and House of Lords, and is now in its final stages before receiving Royal Assent.
Case review 23/03/2021
The High Court has handed down a landmark decision in the case of The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain v The Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and others  confirming that ‘workers’ and not just ‘employees’ have the right to be provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to be protected from detriment on health and safety grounds.
The COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit have brought many challenges and changes to the way travel organisers have planned and operated their businesses over the past 12 months. Whilst the Brexit deadline for a deal has been and gone, its effects are still very much with us as businesses now need to work through the ramifications of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on their UK and overseas operations.
With many countries now vaccinating and looking to lift lockdowns, the question on everyone’s lips seems to be “can employers require their employees to vaccinate?”. In this article, our experts based in Denmark, the UK, US and India look to provide an answer from each of their respective jurisdictions, and thereafter forecast the potential COVID-19 employers’ liability claims we can expect to see in the future.
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) provides the basis for further legal certainty to be agreed following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. It was, as we all saw, a fairly tortuous journey and securing a deal seemed impossible at times because both sides had very different aims in mind.
Case review 19/02/2021
“New ways of working organised through digital platforms pose pressing questions about the employment status of the people who do the work involved”. So said the UK Supreme Court today in its judgment in the high-profile case of Uber BV v Aslam and others. The court dismissed Uber’s appeal and found that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ for UK employment rights purposes.
In 2020 we saw both pandemic and non-pandemic related amendments to the Civil Procedural Rules (CPR) and a general shift in how personal injury cases are managed by both the courts and solicitors. Looking ahead to 2021, what further changes might we expect to reflect this new way of working?
While 2020 was undoubtedly the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is becoming the year of the vaccination. In this article, our industry experts consider the latest developments relating to the vaccine and provide an overview of its impact on various sectors.
From the Insurance Post Claims and Fraud summit 2020, in this video James Shrimpton, Partner at Kennedys, focuses on the legal basis for Covid-19 infection claims, current medical research, the impact of the pandemic on other injury claims and whether we will see a flood of infection claims.