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author: Louise O'Connor

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, with ‘loneliness’ being chosen as the theme for this year. In this alert, Partner Emma Bartlett and Senior Associate Louise O’Connor explore the impact of mental health in the workplace, specifically, what employers can and should be doing to promote a culture that supports staff and enables the business to thrive whilst also meeting their legal and regulatory obligations.

The recent decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to abandon the re-hearing of its prosecution of Claire Matthews, a junior solicitor struck off the Roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2020 for acting dishonestly, has been widely welcomed by the legal profession.  In this news alert, senior associate Louise O’Connor and partner Andrew Pavlovic consider the potential implications of the decision for junior solicitors and firms moving forward.

Following the Government’s decision to suspend gender pay gap reporting in 2020, and the first half of the reporting period of 2021, Tuesday, 5 October marks the deadline for qualifying employers to report their figures. Despite heralding much optimism upon its introduction several years ago and following the recent period of stagnation, which implied it had in lowered priority, observers are now questioning whether the initiative is sufficient to bring about real change in closing the gender pay gap.

As a senior executive contemplating a move, how to protect your equity should be at the forefront of your mind in terms of optimising your strategy before you officially resign.

Whilst the timing of a resignation will usually be contingent on multiple factors, it is vital that Senior Executives do not act in haste when tendering their resignation.

Opportunities are opening up for senior executives as the UK labour market continues to recover, aided by the relaxation of most Coronavirus restrictions. As a result, many senior executives will either be contemplating a strategic move or facing a possible exit from their current role as a result of restructuring, as companies re-position to take advantage of changes in their sector. In this alert, Partner Merrill April and Associate Louise O’Connor discuss 5 top tips for senior executives to consider when making a strategic move.

During a period where people have experienced multiple lockdowns, separated from their friends and families, the one constant for some has been work, often working remotely from their own homes. In a time where, despite the isolation, many employees may grow closer to their colleagues, employers will be considering the ramifications of workplace romances and questioning what action, if any, they need to take.

The pressures on workers with family carer responsibilities has never been higher, and the need for employers to acknowledge and support those workers never more urgent.

Since gender pay gap reporting became mandatory for large employers in 2017, the average GPG for full time employees has marginally reduced year on year from 18.4% to an estimated 15.5% in 2020.

England is currently enduring a third national lockdown that has been in operation since 6 January 2021. On 27 January the Prime Minister announced that the current measures will remain in place at least until 8 March, after which date the “economic and social restrictions” may be eased.