The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued guidance to inform firms they could be liable for being taken to an employment tribunal if they do not make reasonable adjustments for staff experiencing menopause.

Adjustments can include time off, flexible hours, relaxed uniform policies and rest areas. Failing to make reasonable adjustments can amount to disability discrimination, as menopause symptoms can have a long term and substantial impact on a person’s ability to carry out usual day-to-day activities.

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In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) systems have become increasingly common in both business and daily life – with many people not even fully aware that AI is changing the way they go about their day.  From virtual assistants to online shopping to driving to streamlining production processes, AI is powering so much of what we do.

In December 2023, the EU’s three branches – the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission – reached a provisional agreement on the EU’s proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act). Once it passes – it hasn’t been fully approved yet – it will be the world’s first comprehensive legislation on AI and could set a standard for laws enacted in other parts of the world. 

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Wednesday 20 March 12pm UK

There are around 3 million unpaid carers in the UK, and more than one in seven people in any workplace is a carer. Unpaid carers’ work is often painful and exhausting, and a workplace that supports all its staff should also support carers.

The Carers Leave Act became law in 2023 and gives employees a statutory right to a week’s unpaid leave to care for a dependent. Show the carers among your staff that you value them as employees and recognise their unique challenges by making sure your organisation is a supportive place for carers.

In this free webinar, VinciWorks experts will explore what the Carers Leave Act means, its obligations to employees and employers, and how to make your organisation a supportive and welcoming place for carers.

The webinar will cover:

  • The experiences of carers at work
  • The Carers Leave Act’s new regulatory obligations on organisations
  • The unique needs of carers
  • How workplaces can build a supportive environment for carers
  • Understanding the challenges that carers face

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What is the Common High Priority List?

The Common High Priority List has been developed by the UK, US, EU and Japan which includes many items found on the battlefield in Ukraine. All these items are under sanction. The list is divided into four Tiers, each containing particularly sensitive items such as integrated circuits used in Russian weapons systems, as well as mundane items like ball bearings and TV cameras.

There are dozens and dozens of individual items listed on the Common High Priority List. These items should be treated like handling stolen goods. Transporting, selling, buying, shipping or otherwise being connected to the supply of these goods to sanctioned entities is a criminal offence.

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For firms subject to AML regulations, there’s been a host of new rules and guidance. Here are the key reminders and  takeaways

The Law Society has published proposed updates to Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG) as an addendum. They await Treasury approval of the wording. The changes are largely reminders and clarification on certain points and are not likely to have a large impact. 

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Wednesday 13 March 3pm UK

The issues of gifts, hospitality and bribery are increasingly complicated – especially for companies doing business in other countries. The danger of getting caught up in a corruption scandal is damaging, expensive and could be ultimately devastating. But when is a gift considered bribery? How can corruption, or even the perception of corruption, be avoided in business? 

In this webinar we’ll highlight some recent bribery scandals, analyse how they could be avoided and take a deep dive into international anti-corruption laws. Most importantly, we’ll discuss how companies can safely conduct business around the world. We’ll include info on Transparency International’s recently released annual report on perceptions of corruption and bribery across the world and explain how it can form a critical part of a company’s bribery and corruption risk assessment. 

This free, one-hour session will provide key background info on everything from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the US to the UK’s Bribery Act to the EU’s proposed anti-corruption legislation. If your company has any business in a foreign country, including any parts of its supply chain, you’ll want to join this one.

This webinar will feature:

  • A basic understanding of anti-corruption legislation around the world
  • Highlights of recent scandals – and how they could have avoided
  • How you can manage your company’s gifts and hospitality policy
  • How to prevent corruption in your business
  • Future trends in anti-corruption laws

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Preventing fraud and unethical business practices is a constant challenge for any organisation. The key to prevention is recognising red flags and having the necessary protocols in place to ensure business integrity. Our fraud and fair competition courses offer a comprehensive look into the critical issues surrounding fraud prevention, fair competition, and ethical business practices. The training empowers individuals and businesses alike to uphold fair competition and integrity in all aspects of their operations.

With our in-browser editing tool, you can now tailor any of the courses in real-time to reflect your organisation’s specific protocols for maintaining business integrity. Edits are clearly visible as you make them and results can easily be shared with your colleagues via a unique link.

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A recent survey by compliance eLearning and software provider, VinciWorks, has found that only 29% of compliance professionals have implemented specific procedures, training, or preventive measures to guard against Artificial Intelligence (AI) related compliance breaches. The majority (71%) admitted to lacking such protective measures, with 13% having no plans to address this significant gap in their compliance strategy in the near future. 

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Many people turn to religion when confronted by grief or going through a mourning process. Even if someone is not very religious, cultural traditions for coping with loss are often relied upon when going through a period of bereavement.

But it can also be tricky for workplaces to know how to best support their employees who are mourning, given the wide diversity of religious beliefs, practices and traditions. 

Should you send flowers, or food? Will the funeral be straight away, or days and weeks later? Is it appropriate to say Rest in Peace? Does the religion believe in an afterlife?

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Wednesday 28 February 12pm UK

The field of economic sanctions has been growing increasingly complicated in recent years, and the past year was a historic and transformative period for the use of financial sanctions on both the global and UK levels, with Western nations launching an unprecedented line of sanctions against Russia as a result of its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Recent conflicts such as the Hamas-Israel war in response to Hamas’s October 7th massacre, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as events in Iran, China and other countries have grabbed global headlines. These events have sparked waves of new laws and regulations around the world, from sanctions to tougher economic crime compliance rules.

All businesses must comply with financial and trade sanctions and companies must be able to prove that they are properly screening for sanctions. Failure to comply with screening requirements can carry stiff penalties reaching into the millions per infraction and any sanctions breach, even accidental, is a crime.

This webinar will cover:

  • Recent sanctions issues and key compliance challenges and lessons to be aware of in the present volatile international landscape.
  • The creation of the Office of Trade Sanctions Implementation (OTSI), the UK’s newly created body that will be responsible for the civil enforcement of trade sanctions, including those against Russia.
  • The ever-relevant crossover between sanctions, terrorist financing, and AML, which has become increasingly important as the world faces rapidly evolving geopolitical challenges.
  • The effectiveness of financial sanctions in general and those against Russia in the past two years in particular.
  • Cases of sanctions breaches and consequences.
  • Tips for sanctions compliance for both regulated and non-regulated businesses.

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