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In brief

In an article for Compliance and Risk Journal, John Bracken considers the ever-changing employment law environment, highlighting recent and upcoming court decisions and legislative developments.

Key takeaways

  • Legislative changes to look out for include the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, which would revoke all EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained EU direct legislation with effect from 31 December 2023, unless specifically retained. There is power in the bill for the “sunset date” to be extended until June 2026 for some legislation. The powers contained in the Bill have come in for much scrutiny as it makes it way through Parliament.
  • The government is supporting a number of private members bills which will include changes to the right to request flexible working, a new right to request a predictable working pattern, protection of employees from third-party harassment and new family friendly rights including carer’s leave, neonatal leave, and extending existing redundancy protection for those on maternity leave and other forms of family leave for a longer period.
  • The article also summarises recent court decisions relating to implied rights and duties in the contract of employment, health and safety (arising from COVID-19), religion and belief discrimination, holiday pay and unfair dismissal.
  • This article was previously published in Compliance and Risk Journal.

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Kim Sartin is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation team in London. She advises senior legal and HR professionals on a wide range of employment and data protection matters. Kim is also a member of the Firm's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group where she works with a multidisciplinary team of lawyers in managing the employment and privacy aspects of compliance investigations. Kim is a regular speaker at internal and external conferences and seminars on a range of employment, data protection and compliance topics. She is a frequent contributor to legal journals and a contributor to the Tolley's Discrimination Handbook. Chambers UK 2021 described her as "very responsive and knowledgeable; her guidance is clear, effective and to the point." "She is very client-focused, intelligent and calm under pressure." "She is great - helpful, proactive and always tries to find a solution." Chambers UK 2022 "She is business-focused, practical and gives practical solutions." "She is a very good lawyer who is very strong technically."


John Bracken is an Associate for Baker McKenzie, London office.


Rachel Farr is a Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie, London office.

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