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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.

Can employees claim breach of contract for events leading up to dismissal?

16 January 2012 by Nicola Brown

We are all aware of an employee’s right to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal (provided they meet the qualifying criteria). However, you may not be aware that in some circumstances an employee may also bring a claim in either the Employment Tribunal or the civil... read more »

HR New Year's resolutions

15 December 2011 by Nicola Brown

It’s that time of year again, when we open Advent calendars, tuck in to mince pies, and employment lawyers usually trot out ‘bah humbug’ articles about work Christmas parties. Well, if you are lucky enough to have a Christmas party this year, we expect you are probably already aware of what you need to... read more »

Who's your employee married to?

15 December 2011 by Nicola Brown

If people are going to get married, it is important that they choose the right partner. Blindingly obvious perhaps, but what has this got to do with employment?  Potentially quite a lot, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Dunn v Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management . Mrs Dunn was employed by the... read more »

Show me the money - bonuses and potential issues

15 December 2011 by Nicola Brown

Recent research by Unum and Personnel Today shows that 55% of employers are continuing to operate bonus schemes despite the recession. Bonuses can be a huge attraction for recruitment into businesses and indeed, are expected in many sectors. However, problems can arise when the rules of any bonus scheme are unclear or... read more »

Tribunal fees – consultation document released

15 December 2011 by Nicola Brown

In our last ebulletin we explained that the consultation regarding employment law reforms, including the proposal to charge fees in Tribunal cases, would be launched soon. The consultation document was released yesterday and makes interesting reading (although be warned, it is 84 pages long!). The key points to note are as follows: -       The first... read more »

Protected Conversations - all the latest on the proposed employment law reforms

29 November 2011 by Nicola Brown

As previously reported on these updates (find our previous article here), the Government is keen to make changes to employment law as it sees the current state of employment protection as a deterrent to recruitment and job creation. Further details of some of the Government's... read more »

Holiday and sickness - yet more news!

29 November 2011 by Nicola Brown

In this article we look at two recent decisions - one in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and another in the European Court of Justice, and how they affect an employee's holiday entitlement when they are on long-term sickness absence. The general rule in relation to holiday pay is clear; an employee (or worker) must... read more »

Can an employer retract a mistaken dismissal?

29 November 2011 by Nicola Brown

It has long been established that as a matter of law, once a dismissal or a resignation has been communicated to the other party, then it is effective.  There is a commonly held view that a resignation has to be accepted, but that is not accurate – both dismissal and resignation are unilateral... read more »

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