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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.

Mind the Gap! The latest on gender pay reporting

Mind the Gap! The latest on gender pay reporting

29 January 2018 by Nicola Brown

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 assist the BBC in... read more »

Changes to watch out for in 2018

Changes to watch out for in 2018

30 November 2017 by Marianne Wright

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 24 year olds: from £7.05... read more »

Porn in the workplace - Part 1

Porn in the workplace - Part 1

29 January 2018 by Peter Stevens

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 – and if that... 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

30 January 2018 by Marianne Wright

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 case’ worker, the employer... read more »

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

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

22 December 2017 by Nicola Brown

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 is here... read more »

Whistleblowing while you work

Whistleblowing while you work

22 December 2017 by Marianne Wright

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 HR they would need... read more »

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

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

13 December 2017 by Nicola Brown

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 not take appropriate measures?... read more »

Headphone wearing employee largely to blame for his own unfair dismissal

Headphone wearing employee largely to blame for his own unfair dismissal

18 December 2017 by Peter Stevens

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 a person was unfairly... read more »

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