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Shireen Shaikh

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15 May 2023

Law at Work - May 2023 – 5 of 8 Insights

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Acas critical of draft Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-engagement

Acas has published a response to the Government's draft Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-engagement, highlighting how in its opinion the current draft is not fit for purpose. Acas considers it might have the unintended consequence of promoting poor practice rather than encouraging good practice. It lacks certainty of scope, does not reflect the 'real world' and does not show businesses in a concrete way what good practice looks like. Acas considers it too lengthy and complex in its language. We will report further an any amendments to the Code before it is published.  

Acas publishes guidance on reasonable adjustments for mental health 

Acas has published, for the first time, specific guidance of what reasonable adjustments look like in the context of mental health. This reflects the fact that rates of stress and depression have risen dramatically in the last few years, leading to more absences from work. Examples of reasonable adjustments in this context can include changes to the physical environment, tasks and workload, policies and procedures. The guidance gives two striking examples of how communication lines may need to be adapted:

  • making sure someone is working with trusted people to limit the impact of different working and communication styles
  • agreeing a preferred communication method to help reduce anxiety – for example by avoiding spontaneous phone calls

It has long been the case that, when it comes to disability discrimination, employers cannot simply say, 'this is the job you were contracted to do'. This guidance highlights how employers have a more complex task, when it comes to assessing adjustments for mental health, because the perception of the individual employee will have to be taken into account and is not always apparent.

Government will drop EU sunset clause

The Government has decided to drop the sunset clause contained in the EU (Revocation and Reform) Bill, which would have revoked all EU-derived laws unless they were specifically exempted before 31 December 2023. In a reversal of this position, the Government will instead keep EU-retained laws in place unless they are specifically removed from the UK statute books. So far the Government has identified around 600 laws which it will repeal. No employment laws of any significance have yet appeared on the list.

In this series

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Government announces employment law reforms

11 May 2023

by Shireen Shaikh

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AI in the workplace: what's the direction of travel?

17 May 2023

by Helen Farr

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Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting: Guidance published

17 May 2023

by Shireen Shaikh

Employment, pensions & mobility

Court of Appeal enforces 12 month non-compete restriction

17 May 2023

by Ruth Moffett

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15 May 2023

by Shireen Shaikh

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