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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.

Overtime to count in holiday pay

Overtime to count in holiday pay

4 November 2014 by Alexander Bishop

In a very significant case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Bear Scotland v Fulton (and others) has this week ruled that overtime should be included as part of workers’ annual leave payments. The key points from the ruling are: - A payment for both compulsory and non-guaranteed overtime should be included within... read more »

Equal pay for shared parental leave?

Equal pay for shared parental leave?

21 October 2014 by Nicola Brown

As we covered in our article last month, the new family friendly rights are beginning to come into force in preparation for 6 April 2015, when eligible parents will be able to take the new shared parental leave for the first time. We have already received a number of enquiries from employers asking... read more »

Q&A - Checking parental leave entitlement

Q&A - Checking parental leave entitlement

21 October 2014 by Nicola Brown

One of my employees has told me that his girlfriend is expecting a baby in late April next year and that he wants to take shared parental leave. I am concerned by this, as I will have no way of knowing whether his girlfriend has gone back to work or not and therefore... read more »

Polkey - Reducing compensation in unfair dismissal claims

Polkey - Reducing compensation in unfair dismissal claims

21 October 2014 by Peter Stevens

If an employee is dismissed, the normal remedy for them awarded by an Employment Tribunal is compensation.  Tribunals do have the power to order the employer to take the employee back on, but in practice this very rarely happens. We look at the factors taken into account in assessing compensation, and in particular... read more »

Unfairly dismissed for Facebook 'banter'

Unfairly dismissed for Facebook 'banter'

21 October 2014 by Alexander Bishop

As we have covered in previous articles, social media use by employees is an area that can often cause issues for employers. Usually, an employer will be justified in taking action where there is a clear social media policy and staff have been made aware of that policy. In the case of read more »

Positive Action - FAQs

Positive Action - FAQs

21 October 2014 by Alexander Bishop

Positive action is a topic that many employers have heard of, but which relatively few people have seen in practice or know much about. Our FAQs give an overview of this complex area. What is positive action? There are actually two types of positive action: 1. General positive action – employers can take action to enable... read more »

New family friendly rights from 1 October 2015

New family friendly rights from 1 October 2015

30 September 2014 by Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown As we hope you are already aware, new family friendly legislation has been introduced which applies to those who are expecting a baby or adopting on or after 5 April 2014. Part of the package of family friendly rights is a new right for partners to take unpaid time off work to... read more »

As much holiday as you like?

As much holiday as you like?

30 September 2014 by Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown Richard Branson has been in the news this week for his announcement that the staff who work for him will not have any maximum on the amount of holiday they can take. They will literally be allowed to take as much holiday as they like – at first glance this... read more »

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