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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.

Work-related stress: a reaction to adverse circumstances or a disability?

Work-related stress: a reaction to adverse circumstances or a disability?

31 January 2017 by Marianne Wright

As we have covered previously, an employee needs to fall within the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010, in order to have protection against disability discrimination. In the recent case of Herry v Dudley Metropolitan Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered whether work-related stress may amount to a disability. Mr Herry was... read more »

Constructive dismissal - why did he leave his post?

Constructive dismissal - why did he leave his post?

26 January 2017 by Peter Stevens

In order to succeed in a claim for unfair constructive dismissal, the employee has to show two things: first, a fundamental breach of contract by his employer; and second that he resigned because of that breach. The normal defence from an employer is that there was no fundamental breach, and there is a... read more »

Changing gear? - CitySprint bike courier is a worker, not a self-employed contractor

Changing gear? - CitySprint bike courier is a worker, not a self-employed contractor

26 January 2017 by Anna Rabone

The ‘gig economy’ (where people are engaged and paid by companies on a job-by-job basis) continues to generate headlines and give rise to cases in the Employment Tribunals. Hot on the wheels of the Uber case (which we reported on here) comes another employment status case this month. The case, Dewhurst... read more »

Gender pay reporting – Regulations finally published

Gender pay reporting – Regulations finally published

19 December 2016 by Nicola Brown

Finally, after several delays, the Government have published the revised version of the draft Regulations, with the aim of bringing the gender pay reporting requirements into force from 6 April 2017. The revised Regulations were published on 6 December 2016, and contain some important revisions which have been made as a result of the... read more »

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 »

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