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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.

Injunction granted to inspect ex-employee’s personal computers

27 April 2014 by Anna Rabone

Generally, employment contracts will state that employees must not disclose any confidential information belonging to their employer to any third party, or use such information for their own benefit both during and after their employment. Confidential information usually includes things such as trade secrets, information about clients, customers and suppliers, financial information, trade... read more »

Increase to the civil penalty for illegally employing an immigrant

27 April 2014 by Nicola Brown

Employers should note that a draft order has been laid before Parliament which will increase the maximum civil penalty which may be payable where an employer is found to have employed adults who are subject to immigration control but do not have the right to work in the UK. The draft order... read more »

Employment Tribunal statistics – how low can we go?

31 March 2014 by Nicola Brown

We have been watching the Employment Tribunal statistics with great interest since the introduction of fees in July last year. The latest statistics for October to December 2013 (the first full quarter since the introduction of fees) show that there has been a 79% drop in Employment Tribunal claims compared to the equivalent... read more »

Financial penalties for employers who lose at Tribunal

31 March 2014 by Peter Stevens

With effect from 6 April 2014, Employment Tribunals will have the right to make financial awards against employers who lose cases in the Employment Tribunal. This will only apply to cases where the application was filed on or after 6 April 2014. If an Employment Tribunal does order the employer to pay a... read more »

ACAS Early Conciliation scheme to commence on 6 April 2014 (and will be mandatory on 5 May 2014)

31 March 2014 by Nicola Brown

For those with a good memory, we originally wrote about the Government’s proposal for the ACAS Early Conciliation scheme back in 2011 (please see our article here). Time has flown by and the scheme is now set to commence on 6 April 2014, although it will not become mandatory until 5 May... read more »

Family friendly changes

31 March 2014 by Nicola Brown

There are a number of changes to family friendly rights coming up in 2014 and 2015. These are summarised for you below. Shared parental leave Draft Regulations have recently been issued for the shared parental leave arrangements that are due to come into force in April 2015. The intention is that shared parental leave... read more »

Secret recordings – are they admissible in Employment Tribunal proceedings?

31 March 2014 by Peter Stevens

In the case of Punjab National Bank v Gosain the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) had to consider the question of whether secret recordings of her employer’s private deliberations over the outcomes of disciplinary and grievance hearings were admissible as evidence in subsequent Employment Tribunal proceedings. During her employment by Punjab National Bank,... read more »

Can there be an implied right to enhanced redundancy pay?

31 March 2014 by Nicola Brown

Some employers have a policy of always paying employees who are made redundant an enhanced rate of redundancy pay. The amount varies, but in some cases can be substantial.  Where employers have a policy of making enhanced redundancy payments, these are normally well documented. In the recent case of Peacock Stores v Pereguine... read more »

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