We take a look ahead at the key HR, employment and immigration issues for 2023 on our new Workbox page: 2023 HR to-do list.

This page will be free to view until the end of January, even if you don't currently have a Workbox subscription.

High on the HR agenda for 2023 will be a review of:

  • Flexible working policies and letters. The proposed changes to the right to request flexible working include removing the 26-week qualifying period; requiring consultation before rejecting a request; and reducing the response deadline from three to two months.
  • Family leave entitlement and policies to ensure that they reflect the new rights to unpaid carer's leave and neonatal leave and pay.
  • Harassment policies in advance of the introduction of a new duty on employers to 'take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment' of their employees.

Other things to look out for include:

  • Appeals in three gender critical belief cases which may impact harassment and equality, inclusion and diversity policies, as well as how to manage competing beliefs in the workplace.
  • A new statutory code of practice on the use of 'fire and rehire' practices.
  • The progress of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill which, if passed in its current form, could have significant implications for HR and employment law, for example in relation to working time and TUPE.

If you would like more information on anything in our 2023 HR to-do list, please get in touch with a member of Brodies employment and immigration team.


Julie Keir

Practice Development Lawyer