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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.

Big bother - the latest on employee monitoring

Big bother - the latest on employee monitoring

28 September 2017 by Marianne Wright

Back in January 2016, we reported on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case Barbulescu v Romania, and what it meant for employee monitoring in the workplace. That decision has now been reversed by a higher chamber of the ECHR. Recap: Mr Barbulescu Mr Barbulescu, a sales engineer from Bucharest, set up... read more »

Tribunal time limits to double?

Tribunal time limits to double?

28 September 2017 by Nicola Brown

In comparison to other types of legal claim, most Employment Tribunal time limits are very short. For example, in the civil courts the limitation period is six years for a breach of contract claim, yet in the Employment Tribunal the equivalent time limit would be three months. I have dealt with many employers over... read more »

Guilty until proven innocent? Why the burden of proof change matters

Guilty until proven innocent? Why the burden of proof change matters

30 August 2017 by Nicola Brown

The Employment Appeal Tribunal’s judgment in the case of Efobi v Royal Mail was published recently, and at first glance many people seem to have thought that it was a bit of a technical point, or just legal nit-picking, which wouldn’t make any difference to how things work in practice. However,... read more »

FAQs - Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace

FAQs - Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace

30 August 2017 by Anna Rabone

In this article, we answer some frequently asked questions employers have around drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. Q: Can we implement a drug screening procedure to monitor our employees at work? A: Employers may be able to implement drug screening of their employees provided there are health and safety justifications for doing so. For... read more »

Tribunal fees update

Tribunal fees update

31 August 2017 by Marianne Wright

As Nicola reported in her article last month, Employment Tribunal fees have been ruled to be unlawful by the Supreme Court. The effect of the ruling is that the fees regime has been held to have been unlawful from the time it was introduced in 2013. Fees are no longer... read more »

Restrictive Covenants – the importance of precise drafting

Restrictive Covenants – the importance of precise drafting

30 August 2017 by Peter Stevens

Senior employees will often have a lot of knowledge about their employer’s business, its customers and suppliers. Indeed, this is often essential for them to perform their job properly. However, that same knowledge can become a threat when the employee leaves their employment and goes to work for a competitor or starts up a... read more »

Headline news – no more Tribunal fees

Headline news – no more Tribunal fees

28 July 2017 by Nicola Brown

If you have been reading the news this week, you can’t have missed that one of the most important cases affecting employment law has finally been decided by the Supreme Court after many years of litigation. Employment Tribunal fees have been found to be unlawful and can no longer be charged. The case... read more »

The Taylor review – tailored to the gig economy?

The Taylor review – tailored to the gig economy?

26 July 2017 by Anna Rabone

The long-anticipated Taylor review of modern employment practices was published on 11 July 2017. The review, led by Matthew Taylor (chief executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), calls for a “significant shift in the quality of work in the UK economy” and has made... read more »

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