The Work Couch: 12 days of Christmas - A look back at 12 key employment law developments from 2023

Published on 13 December 2023

Welcome to The Work Couch, the podcast series where we explore how your business can navigate today's tricky people challenges and respond to key developments in the ever-evolving world of employment law.

In our feature-length Christmas special, we give you the download on 12 important employment law and HR development from the year of 2023. Essential listening for those of you who need to catch up on the many changes in the last 12 months.

Ellie Gelder is joined by Patrick Brodie, partner and head of RPC's Employment, Engagement and Equality team, Kelly Thomson, partner and RPC's ESG lead, Charlotte Reid, senior associate and Victoria Othen, consultant.

We discuss the following topics and explore the impact on employers, and the key actions to take. Please note the time stamps so you can easily navigate to the topics relevant to you:

  1. [2:14] Recovery of holiday underpayments and the Supreme Court's decision in Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and another v Agnew and others [2023] SC 33;
  2. [5:33] Increasing focus by HR and regulators on conduct in the workplace, following various high profile cases of toxic workplace culture and sexual misconduct in the workplace;
  3. [9:42] The potential repeal to the ban on employers using agency workers during strike action;
  4. [12:12] Changes to the law on flexible working requests;
  5. [16:00] Dealing with gender-critical beliefs and the EAT decision in Higgs v Farmor's School [2023] EAT 89;
  6. [20:58] Reforms to holiday pay calculations for part-time workers and those with irregular hours;
  7. [23:45] TUPE and changes to the rules on consultation with affected employees;
  8. [27:01] AI and its impact on the workforce;
  9. [32:43] Menopause support at work, and the case of Rooney v Leicester City Council;
  10. [38:19] Dismissal and re-engagement and the incoming code of practice;
  11. [43:19] Industrial action and minimum service levels; and
  12. [47:03] Employment status and collective rights, and the recent Supreme Court decision in Independent Workers Union of Great Britain v Central Arbitration Committee and Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo [2023] SC 43

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