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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We update you on significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. Our database of articles is fully searchable and covers nearly every employment law topic you can think of! Please use the search function (at the top right of the page) to find articles on the topics that interest you.

Latest case - an end to the sleep-in crisis?

Latest case - an end to the sleep-in crisis?

31 July 2018 by Nicola Brown

Having a number of clients in sectors such as social care and education means the issue of whether sleep-in shifts attract the National Minimum Wage has been an area I have been actively advising on for many years now. Several court decisions had come through where National Minimum Wage was held to apply... read more »

When is a philosophical belief not a philosophical belief?

When is a philosophical belief not a philosophical belief?

20 July 2018 by Peter Stevens

Under the Equality Act 2010, a person is protected against discrimination on the grounds of their religion or philosophical belief. When the protection was first introduced, it was on the grounds of a person’s religion or similar philosophical belief, but the word similar was dropped and is no longer in the legislation. There has... read more »

Tales from the Tribunal

Tales from the Tribunal

31 July 2018 by Marianne Wright

We take a look at two recent Employment Tribunal decisions and the practical points employers can take away from the decisions. A Rawlinson v Catch 22 Multi Academies Trust Ltd (2018) The first case involved an IT support manager, Mr Rawlinson, who resigned after being refused access to a company van and subsequently... read more »

Pimlico Plumbers – is it a game changer?

Pimlico Plumbers – is it a game changer?

28 June 2018 by Nicola Brown

On 13 June the Supreme Court announced its long-awaited judgment in the Pimlico Plumbers case, and the decision received a huge amount of coverage, with the media describing it as a ‘landmark’ case, especially for the gig economy. Are they right that the case could have far-reaching implications for business? Any Supreme... read more »

Repayment of training costs - is it legal?

Repayment of training costs - is it legal?

27 June 2018 by Peter Stevens

Having a well trained workforce is in everyone’s interest – the employers, the employees, and for the good of the economy as a whole. Employers have long invested considerable sums on training their workforces, but as the cost of training courses rises, and as employees tend to move jobs more often than in... read more »

Pulling the trigger - sickness absence warnings and disability discrimination

Pulling the trigger - sickness absence warnings and disability discrimination

28 June 2018 by Marianne Wright

We consider the recent case of DL Insurance Services Ltd v Mrs S O'Connor, and what employers should consider when looking at disciplining employees for sickness absence levels. Mrs O’Connor (Mrs O), who was disabled under the Equality Act 2010, had numerous absences over the years from her job with DL Insurance... read more »

Can smaller offences ever ‘add up’ to gross misconduct?

Can smaller offences ever ‘add up’ to gross misconduct?

29 May 2018 by Nicola Brown

Usually, most people would tend to associate gross misconduct with situations where an employee has committed one particularly serious act (or omission). Staff handbooks and policies tend to list examples of offences that can amount to potential gross misconduct, and these are generally the most serious, such as theft, fraud and bullying. In fact, even in... read more »

Can verbal agreements trump written terms?

Can verbal agreements trump written terms?

30 May 2018 by Peter Stevens

It is quite common to have a clause in an agreement which states something along the lines that any changes to the agreement have to be in writing. So what happens if the parties agree to vary the terms verbally, and then one party insists that the variation is not effective as it... read more »

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