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Mind the Gap! The latest on gender pay reporting

Mind the Gap! The latest on gender pay reporting

The gender pay gap is an incredibly hot topic at the moment. The fall-out from the BBC’s publication of the pay of its top employees is ongoing, with it only being announced last week that some of the highest paid male stars have agreed to a pay cut to... read more »

Changes to watch out for in 2018

Changes to watch out for in 2018

It was announced the Autumn 2017 budget that: - The National Living Wage (for those aged 25 and over) is to increase by 4.4% from £7.50 per hour to £7.83 per hour from 1 April 2018. The other National Minimum Wage rates will also increase as set out below: 21 to... read more »

Porn in the workplace - Part 1

Porn in the workplace - Part 1

According to Google, over 11 million searches a month are made using the word “porn”. Add in associated words like “porno”, “sex” and “free porn” and the figure rises to over 28 million. Further, in a survey conducted in 2015, 9% of UK workers admitted accessing pornography at work... read more »

The sum of the parts does not make up the whole – rest breaks and the law

The sum of the parts does not make up the whole – rest breaks and the law

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), workers are entitled to an uninterrupted break of 20 minutes, on days that they work 6 hours or more. If it is not possible for the worker to take this break, and they are what the WTR refer to as a ‘special... read more »

Burden of proof – already back to the way it was!

Burden of proof – already back to the way it was!

As employment lawyers, we are very used to keeping up to date with ever-changing case law. However even so, it is still fairly unusual for me to need to write an article in December about the reversal of a decision I wrote about only in August! My August article... read more »

Whistleblowing while you work

Whistleblowing while you work

Last July, we reported on the case of Ms Jhuti v Royal Mail. Ms Jhuti ‘blew the whistle’ to her line manager by making disclosures about suspected breaches of the Royal Mail’s rules and Ofcom’s rules. Ms Jhuti’s line manager put her on a performance plan and told... read more »

A (data) chain is only as strong as its weakest link

A (data) chain is only as strong as its weakest link

One of the data protection principles under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”), states that data controllers must take "appropriate technical and organisational measures…against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, and damage to, personal data." What happens when a data controller does... read more »

Headphone wearing employee largely to blame for his own unfair dismissal

Headphone wearing employee largely to blame for his own unfair dismissal

If an employee’s behaviour is such that the ordinary man in the street would say that they deserved to lose their job, would their dismissal be fair in law? Not necessarily. Employment law has developed a vast array of legislation and case law by which the question of whether... read more »

Breaking News – Another important holiday pay case

Breaking News – Another important holiday pay case

Yesterday a judgment was issued by the European Court of Justice which could have very significant implications for all holiday pay cases in the UK, especially in the ‘gig economy’. The case of King v The Sash Windows Workshop Limited had been ongoing for some time through the... read more »

Taxi for Uber! – Part 2

Taxi for Uber! – Part 2

It’s been almost a year since we reported on the Employment Tribunal case brought by a number of Uber drivers, who successfully argued that they were ‘workers’ (as opposed to self-employed contractors) and therefore entitled to rights such as the right to be paid the National Minimum... read more »

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