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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.

New teeth for HMRC – offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion

New teeth for HMRC – offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion

23 October 2017 by Nicola Brown

The Criminal Finance Act 2017 has created a new corporate offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. The new offence means that companies can be prosecuted if they have failed to prevent tax evasion in the UK, and anywhere else in the world, committed by an ‘associated person’ of the... read more »

Every little helps - or does it?

Every little helps - or does it?

23 October 2017 by Peter Stevens

It’s pretty obvious really, but if an employee is dismissed and feels that they have been treated unjustly, they are likely to feel bitter towards their former employer. For those who have the required 2 years’ service to bring a claim for unfair dismissal, they potentially have a remedy through the Employment Tribunal system. ... read more »

The risks of suspending an employee

The risks of suspending an employee

28 September 2017 by Peter Stevens

When disciplinary allegations come to light against an employee, sometimes it becomes necessary for an employer to consider whether they should suspend the employee whilst an investigation is undertaken. As our previous articles (here and here) have stressed, suspending an employee is not something to take lightly and it... read more »

Watch your words – the risk of age discrimination

Watch your words – the risk of age discrimination

28 September 2017 by Peter Stevens

The concept of age discrimination has been with us since 2006, and despite the fears expressed by some when it was introduced, claims relating to ageist comments have been relatively few in number. However, the fact that claims in respect of ageist comments are relatively rare does not mean that employers and their employees... read more »

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 Peter Stevens

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 »

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