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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

Criminal offences during employment

Criminal offences during employment

29 February 2016 by Nicola Brown

The case of ex-Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been in the headlines in the past few weeks, as he is currently on trial for alleged sexual activity with a 15 year old girl (he has admitted two other offences). As a Sunderland fan (for my sins!), my interest in the case has partly... read more »

Commission payments must be paid when on holiday

Commission payments must be paid when on holiday

29 February 2016 by Peter Stevens

Last month in our article Employment Law, what to watch out for in 2016 we reported that British Gas had appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) to seek to overturn the decision of the Employment Tribunal in Lock v British Gas Trading (2014) that holiday pay should include commission which... read more »

Employee monitoring – how far can you go?

Employee monitoring – how far can you go?

28 January 2016 by Nicola Brown

Employee monitoring hit the headlines last week, with the latest case from the European Court of Human Rights making the main news bulletins (such as the BBC). The way the case was reported suggested that employers now have the green light to monitor employees’ online activity at work as much as... read more »

Employment Law: what to watch out for in 2016

Employment Law: what to watch out for in 2016

28 January 2016 by Marianne Wright

There's plenty coming up in 2016, including: National Living Wage: as we previously reported, the National Living Wage will come into effect from April 2016. Those over the age of 25 will be entitled to be paid a minimum of £7.20 per hour. Financial Penalties: also due to come into effect from April 2016... read more »

Q&A: Mitigation of loss

Q&A: Mitigation of loss

28 January 2016 by Marianne Wright

Question: A few months ago we dismissed John, an employee with three years’ service, and he brought a claim for unfair dismissal. Although we tried negotiating with him through ACAS, we were unable to agree a settlement - so we are going to the Employment Tribunal to defend the claim. We have recently... read more »

It might as well be Double Dutch!

It might as well be Double Dutch!

28 January 2016 by Peter Stevens

Can an employer lawfully require its employees not to speak their native language in the workplace, but only to speak English? That was the question for the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Kelly v Covance Laboratories Limited. In that case, Mrs Kelly, who is Russian, worked for Covance as... read more »

2015 in Employment Law - our top 10 stories

2015 in Employment Law - our top 10 stories

18 December 2015 by Nicola Brown

As we near the end of the year we have been reflecting on what we feel the most important employment law developments have been in 2015. We have had a look at which of the stories on our website have been the most popular with our readers, and which topics we have received... read more »

A warning for employers - do what you say you will do!

A warning for employers - do what you say you will do!

18 December 2015 by Peter Stevens

The Employment Tribunal recently had to consider an unusual set of circumstances in the case of John-Charles v NHS Business Services Authority. The facts are that in October 2012 Dr John-Charles was alleged to be in breach of his employer’s IT policies. The matter was investigated, but not with any great urgency, and... read more »

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