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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global health and economic crisis with devastating effects. For many countries, the focus has shifted to economic recovery and growth. Integral to this is the safety of workers’ physical and mental health. In this article, we provide a cross-jurisdictional review of how COVID-19 risk will be regulated by criminal enforcement agencies in the UK, US and Australia.
Case review 2021-12-07
Many employers want to support the national public health effort to maximise vaccination uptake. However, the message is to proceed with some care and caution. On 3 December 2021, a five member bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) delivered its decision in CFMMEU v Mt Arthur Coal Pty Ltd  FWCFB 6059 (Decision). The decision speaks to mandatory vaccination policies and the importance of employee consultation.
The UK Government’s 2019 manifesto committed to encourage flexible working and consult on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to. Subsequently, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on working patterns, resulting in a shift to homeworking for much of the working population.
A summary of recent developments in the employment sector, most of which have been triggered by COVID-19.
Kennedys is recognised as a top-band firm in the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers across the UK.
Case review 2021-11-03
It is trite law that there exists an implied duty of mutual trust and confidence (the “Duty”) between employer and employee in Hong Kong.
We are pleased to have boosted our Israel office with the appointment of Ilana Bar, one of the country’s most respected corporate insurance and institutional entities lawyers.
Following the publication of The Legal 500 UK 2022, we are proud to announce that the firm has once again achieved impressive rankings and recognition within the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers.
With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme coming to an end on 30 September 2021, responsibility for staff salary costs will rest solely with employers once more and the UK Government will no longer make financial contributions towards the pay of employees on furlough.
2020 was a year of significant upheaval and development in the employment sphere (not only from the COVID-19 perspective) and 2021 is proving no different with both substantive law reform and long-planned developments. As the pandemic unfolds and Australia races to counter lockdowns with vaccines, the latter part of 2021 promises further significant developments for employers, varying from COVID-19 relief measures, managing the return to the workplace and integrating new anti-discrimination protections.