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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.

Breaking News – Another important holiday pay case

Breaking News – Another important holiday pay case

30 November 2017 by Nicola Brown

Yesterday a judgment was issued by the European Court of Justice which could have very significant implications for all holiday pay cases in the UK, especially in the ‘gig economy’. The case of King v The Sash Windows Workshop Limited had been ongoing for some time through the UK courts, and relates... read more »

Taxi for Uber! – Part 2

Taxi for Uber! – Part 2

10 November 2017 by Marianne Wright

It’s been almost a year since we reported on the Employment Tribunal case brought by a number of Uber drivers, who successfully argued that they were ‘workers’ (as opposed to self-employed contractors) and therefore entitled to rights such as the right to be paid the National Minimum Wage and the right... read more »

Joint employers? – Outsourced workers attempt to change the status quo

Joint employers? – Outsourced workers attempt to change the status quo

30 November 2017 by Nicola Brown

Many employers in the UK outsource certain tasks such as facilities management, cleaning or security. Employers engage another company to provide the service, and it is that company which employs the individuals (either as workers or employees) to deliver the service. This often means that the individual engaged by the company has no direct employment relationship... read more »

A white lie doesn't matter - or does it?

A white lie doesn't matter - or does it?

27 November 2017 by Peter Stevens

If we have to deliver an unpleasant message to someone, it can be tempting to water it down a bit to make it a bit more palatable and to soften the blow for the recipient. For example, if you are dismissing an employee for poor performance who has only been with you for... read more »

How not to handle a flexible working request

How not to handle a flexible working request

30 November 2017 by Marianne Wright

Flexible working requests – the law Before we look at some lessons to be learned around dealing with flexible working requests from a recent case, here's a re-cap on the law: Employees with at least 26 weeks' service have a statutory right to make a request for flexible working. Employers should: deal with a request in a reasonable manner... read more »

Going mobile – what you need to know about mobility clauses

Going mobile – what you need to know about mobility clauses

23 October 2017 by Nicola Brown

Mobility clauses are often a standard part of contracts of employment. They generally say that an employer can require an employee to work at a different location on a temporary or permanent basis, and will usually specify a geographical area to which the clause applies. I am sure you will agree that they can... read more »

The new right to parental bereavement leave – what you need to know

The new right to parental bereavement leave – what you need to know

27 October 2017 by Nicola Brown

Currently, when an employee suffers a bereavement the only statutory right is to unpaid time off for dependents, which is limited to ‘reasonable’ time off for emergencies relating to dependents and making arrangements following a death. As I have written about previously here, although most employers do offer some form of... read more »

Exhibit A: the importance of evidence in disciplinary proceedings

Exhibit A: the importance of evidence in disciplinary proceedings

30 October 2017 by Marianne Wright

We consider two recent tales from the Tribunal, which highlight important issues around evidence when taking employees through a disciplinary procedure. Vorajee v Royal Mail Group Limited (2017)  Mr Vorajee booked a flight to Mumbai, with the intention of booking time off work at short notice. However, his wife had an accident and so... read more »

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