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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.

Holiday entitlement for those who work 6 days a week

Holiday entitlement for those who work 6 days a week

19 December 2016 by Peter Stevens

It is perhaps ironic that taking holidays from work, which sounds like a very simple concept, has led to so much legislation and so many cases on how to calculate it. The basic legislative position is simple – a full time employee is entitled to a minimum of 28 days’ paid holiday per... read more »

Christmas time, fisticuffs and wine

Christmas time, fisticuffs and wine

20 December 2016 by Marianne Wright

There are always lots of employment law articles and blogs around this time of year all about the rights and wrongs of the office Christmas party, usually warning employers of the risk that they could be found vicariously liable for the actions of their employees should things get out of hand. In the recent... read more »

Can a temporary condition amount to a disability?

Can a temporary condition amount to a disability?

19 December 2016 by Anna Rabone

When does an illness or injury become a disability affording an individual protection under disability discrimination legislation? This is a question that both the UK Courts and the European Courts have grappled with over the years. The European Court of Justice recently considered this question in the Spanish case of Daouidi... read more »

Increased rates of Maternity Pay, Sick Pay and other payments

Increased rates of Maternity Pay, Sick Pay and other payments

19 December 2016 by Peter Stevens

The Government has announced increased rates for various statutory payments which are to come into force in April 2017. The main changes are as follows: Statutory Maternity Pay: £140.98 per week (currently £139.58) Statutory Paternity Pay: £140.98 per week (currently £139.58) Shared Parental Pay: £140.98 per week (currently £139.58) Statutory Adoption Pay: £140.98 per week (currently £139.58) Statutory Sick... read more »

Purely delighted!

Purely delighted!

30 November 2016 by Nicola Brown

We're very excited to tell you that yet again we have had a fantastic review in the legal directory Chambers & Partners, and both Peter and Nicola have continued their long run as ‘Notable Practitioners’. Chambers and Partners rankings matter in the legal world because they are independent and cannot be bought – they... read more »

Taxi for Uber! Employment Tribunal decides Uber drivers are workers

Taxi for Uber! Employment Tribunal decides Uber drivers are workers

29 November 2016 by Anna Rabone

One of the perennial issues that crops up in employment law is about employment status, i.e. is the individual an employee, worker or self-employed contractor? The answer will determine what rights an individual has. The issue has generated a lot of case law over the years. As we see the rise of the... read more »

Failure to respond to Subject Access Request proves costly

Failure to respond to Subject Access Request proves costly

29 November 2016 by Peter Stevens

Under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, an employee has the right to make a Subject Access Request to their employer for copies of data held by the employer regarding them. There are complex rules under the Act as to the data which has to be disclosed, as well as the... read more »

Can a dismissal be fair if final written warning is “manifestly inappropriate”?

Can a dismissal be fair if final written warning is “manifestly inappropriate”?

30 November 2016 by Marianne Wright

Employers are often faced with making difficult decisions, particularly when taking disciplinary action against long serving employees who have a previously clean record. The recent case of Bandara v British Broadcasting Corporation (2016) provides a good example of some of the pitfalls to watch out for. Mr Bandara was employed by the BBC as a... read more »

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