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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.

Equality Act date: the latest

8 July 2010 by Nicola Brown

Following our update on 17 June 2010 the Government have now confirmed that the original implementation date for the Equality Act will stand: “The first wave of implementation of the Equality Act will go ahead to the planned October timetable following the publication of the first commencement order in Parliament next... read more »

Exploding employment law myths

8 July 2010 by Nicola Brown

We often hear from clients and contacts about employment law myths – sometimes they come from employees who think they know their rights, but sometimes they come from mistaken employers. We want to set the record straight! “Restrictive covenants aren’t worth the paper they’re written on” We’ve come across both employers and employees that think... read more »

Be on your guard: Employment Tribunal claims up 56%

8 July 2010 by Nicola Brown

The Tribunal Annual statistics for 2009/10 have just been published. So, have the new disciplinary and grievance procedures encouraged early resolution of disputes as hoped?  What effect has the recession had? Well, the headline figure shows a 56% increase from last year in the number of claims accepted by Employment Tribunals  - they are... read more »

Ebulletin 25 June 2010 - Default retirement age to be phased out

25 June 2010 by Nicola Brown

We think scrapping the default retirement age will be a big issue for employers - and as the Government are planning to remove it from April next year, there isn't long to prepare. Our ebulletin explains why it is so significant: http://eepurl.com/EZlBread more »

A happy compromise

17 June 2010 by Nicola Brown

Sometimes employers realise that offering an employee a quick settlement to terminate their employment can be a better way of managing a situation.  Usually the end result is that the employee signs a Compromise Agreement. But how do you broach the subject and start settlement discussions? The law recognises that it is necessary... read more »

A healthy approach to sickies

7 June 2010 by Nicola Brown

While the fact that sickness absence is reducing has to be good news for employers (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/9115226), absence still has a significant cost to all organisations in both the private and public sector, and there is still a need for it to reduce much further. Genuine or not, absence costs money - in... read more »

Smells like team spirit?

21 May 2010 by Nicola Brown

If articles such as this one http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100521/tbs-warning-over-plague-of-world-cup-sic-327c223.html are correct, then employers may need to keep a close eye on staff absence levels this summer. As with any short-term absence, it can be difficult to take action if you suspect abuse of the system - how can you say whether someone is genuinely ill? To try... read more »

What impact will the outcome of the General Election have on employment law?

26 April 2010 by Nicola Brown

The employment law landscape will of course be different depending on who succeeds at the polls on 6th May. If they were to remain in Government, the Labour Party plan to enact the Equality Act, which received Royal Assent in April 2010. The Act would come into effect in October 2010. In addition, Labour... read more »

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