After a year off, office Christmas parties are back and – Omicron permitting – look set to be bigger than ever in 2021. While this is a great opportunity for the team to get together in person after being isolated for much of the past two years, employers need to ensure that the celebrations include the whole workforce.
The festive season is upon us and many are ready to embrace once again the annual Christmas party as we emerge from the restrictions of the pandemic.
Whilst most events go ahead hitch free, unfortunately incidents of inappropriate behaviour are not uncommon at these types of functions.
After an enforced hiatus, the in-person office Christmas party is returning this year and, for many, not even Omicron will stand in the way. BDBF Associate, Theo Nicou, sets out his top tips to help employees make it a night to remember and not a night to forget.
In the recent case of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham v Keable the Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a decision that an employee was unfairly dismissed after a video of him expressing controversial views on Zionism went viral on social media.
A major new study commissioned by Standard Chartered Bank and the Financial Services Skills Commission examines the impact of the menopause on workers in the financial services sector, how it affects the leadership pipeline and how employers can better support staff.
Employers sometimes try to enforce contractual amendments on their workforce by using a “fire and rehire” strategy – terminating employment and offering to hire staff back on the new terms. The Government has confirmed that it does not intend to legislate against such practices, but it asked Acas to publish new guidance for employers wanting to make contractual changes which Acas has now done.