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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.

Shared parental leave - regulations issued

Shared parental leave - regulations issued

23 December 2014 by Nicola Brown

As we hope you are already aware from our previous articles, the new right to take shared parental leave applies for employees who are expecting a baby or adopting on or after 5 April 2015. The regulations to deal with how the new right will work in practice were published at the end... read more »

Do new restrictive covenants require fresh consideration?

Do new restrictive covenants require fresh consideration?

23 December 2014 by Peter Stevens

Many employers find that they have employees on old contracts of employment with unenforceable, inappropriate or even no restrictive covenants.  Can an employer simply get an employee to sign a new contract with fresh restrictive covenants and expect them to be enforceable?  This was the question raised in the High Court in the... read more »

What is the new Fit for Work service?

What is the new Fit for Work service?

23 December 2014 by Nicola Brown

A recent review of sickness absence in Great Britain identified that a lack of access to occupational health services, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, was a significant issue in preventing employees from returning to work. As we mentioned in our article earlier this year, the Government has responded by introducing the... read more »

Don’t be a twit – watch what you tweet!

Don’t be a twit – watch what you tweet!

23 December 2014 by Nicola Brown

As many of you will be aware, social media in the workplace is one of my particular areas of interest, and although it is something we are increasingly being asked to advise on, there is relatively little binding case law guidance (as most cases have not progressed to appeal). The case of Game... read more »

Agency Workers Regulations -  a cautionary tale for employers

Agency Workers Regulations - a cautionary tale for employers

23 November 2014 by Peter Stevens

Under the Agency Worker Regulations which came into force in 2011, agency workers have the right to equal pay and other basic working conditions as comparable permanent employees after a 12 week qualifying period.  If they are not offered this, liability will normally fall on the recruitment agency, but if the agency which... read more »

Early conciliation - is it working?

Early conciliation - is it working?

23 November 2014 by Peter Stevens

As we have previously reported, people who want to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal have, since May this year, had to go through ACAS early conciliation.  The idea behind the scheme is that cases which would otherwise go to Tribunal can be settled between the parties at an early stage.  It... read more »

Getting Christmas cover all wrapped up

Getting Christmas cover all wrapped up

23 November 2014 by Alexander Bishop

Every year it seems the Christmas decorations and the adverts on television appear earlier. As soon as we have packed away our Halloween costumes and the last of the fireworks disperse in our skies, the Coca-Cola advert announces that “holidays are coming” and from that moment on the build up to Christmas begins.... read more »

Top Chambers ranking again for Pure Employment Law

12 November 2014 by Nicola Brown

We're highly delighted to say that yet again we have been ranked as a top firm in our region in the legal directory Chambers & Partners, with Peter and Nicola both again ranked as 'Leaders in the Field'. Chambers and Partners rankings matter in the legal world because they are independent and cannot... read more »

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