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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.

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 »

Settlement Agreement discussions - potential pitfalls

30 September 2014 by Alexander Bishop

Alex Bishop The notion of negotiating a quick exit for difficult employees has always been an attractive proposition for employers, particularly over the last year since the introduction of Settlement Agreements in July 2013, replacing Compromise Agreements. The change in name also brought with it new provisions whereby settlement offers and discussions relating to... read more »

The future of Employment Tribunals?

30 September 2014 by Alexander Bishop

Alex Bishop As we reported earlier this year there has been a drastic drop in the number of Employment Tribunal claims since the introduction of hefty fees to pursue a claim. As the debate rages on about whether these fees limit access to justice it is worth noting there have been other... read more »

Extra protection for members of the reserve forces

30 September 2014 by Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens As Britain’s armed forces get involved in another conflict in the Middle East, it is perhaps timely that the Government is introducing additional protection for reservists who are dismissed because of their membership of the Reserve Forces. With effect from 1 October 2014, the statutory qualifying period for unfair dismissal will not... read more »

Holiday pay based on actual earnings rather than basic pay?

29 August 2014 by Nicola Brown

Following the case of Lock v British Gas Trading (as covered in our May ebulletin here) we have had a lot of enquiries from employers asking what they should do about holiday pay. Unfortunately, the situation is still somewhat fluid at the moment and it is difficult to give any general advice until the... read more »

Disclosure - a cautionary tale about previous drafts

Disclosure - a cautionary tale about previous drafts

29 August 2014 by Nicola Brown

We have previously looked at the duty to disclose documents in proceedings in the Employment Tribunal (the article can be found here), and basically the duty is to disclose all documents which are relevant to the issue, whether they support your case or not.  There are some exceptions, and these were detailed... read more »

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