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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.

Top Employment Law Stories of 2018

Top Employment Law Stories of 2018

20 December 2018 by Nicola Brown

Employment law never stands still, and 2018 was yet another busy year. I thought it would be useful to look back at the developments over the past 12 months by looking at the top 10 most popular stories on our News page. (Please feel free to imagine the Top of the Pops music... read more »

Protection against discrimination for vegans

Protection against discrimination for vegans

20 December 2018 by Nicola Brown

As you may have seen in the news, a case is being brought against the League Against Cruel Sports which is believed to be the first time that someone in the UK has claimed discrimination on the basis that they are a vegan. The Equality Act 2010 includes ‘philosophical belief’ as one... read more »

Good Work Plan?

Good Work Plan?

18 December 2018 by Peter Stevens

Possibly as a bit of a distraction from Brexit, the Government have announced a Good Work Plan which is designed to improve protection for agency workers, those on zero hour’s contracts and others with atypical working arrangements. The main headlines are that the Government plans to: Introduce a requirement for all employees and workers... read more »

Are Uber drivers workers? Our take on the latest decision

Are Uber drivers workers? Our take on the latest decision

20 December 2018 by Nicola Brown

Yesterday afternoon the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of Uber v Aslam and others. I actually found it a surprisingly interesting read, although that may just be me (!) – if you decide to take a look then be warned, it is 70 pages long! The media... read more »

Purely thrilled!

Purely thrilled!

1 November 2018 by Nicola Brown

We are delighted to confirm that yet again we have been recognised as a top firm in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners, the UK's guide to the legal profession. In addition, Peter and Nicola have both again been rated as 'notable practitioners' in employment law. The Chambers guides determine their ratings through... read more »

Setting the record straight – asking applicants about their criminal record

Setting the record straight – asking applicants about their criminal record

30 November 2018 by Nicola Brown

Some of you may have seen the statistics recently which claimed that “1 in 5 employers break the law in asking candidates about their criminal record.” In my view that was potentially misleading, and I thought it would be helpful for me to explain the position further. For most jobs, the disclosure of criminal... read more »

Colleagues unable to work together - which to sack?

Colleagues unable to work together - which to sack?

30 November 2018 by Peter Stevens

Who would want to be an employer in this situation? You have two employees who can’t work together. You have tried everything you reasonably can to resolve the issues between them, but to no avail. You don’t really want to get rid of either of them, but given the situation you have no... read more »

Is it always reasonable to dismiss an employee for failing a drugs test?

Is it always reasonable to dismiss an employee for failing a drugs test?

30 November 2018 by Marianne Wright

As employers, you have a legal duty to take reasonable care of the health, safety and welfare of your employees. If an employee is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether prescription or illegal drugs) then you may be expected to take action to protect them and others. The... read more »

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