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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.

Whose discretion is it anyway?

26 October 2010 by Nicola Brown

Rewarding employees by way of commission and bonuses is a very useful tool for an employer to motivate its workforce.  There are many different methods that an employer can use to calculate commissions and bonuses, from the very simple to the very complicated.  Such schemes can be contractual or discretionary in nature, or... read more »

Agency Workers’ Regulations – confirmed

26 October 2010 by Nicola Brown

Prior to the General Election, the Conservatives said that if they came into power, they would get rid of, or at least heavily review, the Agency Workers’ Regulations, which are due to come into force next year. At the time this was met with some scepticism as the UK is required by EU law... read more »

Bridging the gap?

26 October 2010 by Nicola Brown

As unfair dismissal claims generally require a year’s continuity service, there have been a lot of cases over the years brought in various situations where continuity of service may or may not have been broken. The case of Hussain v Acorn Independent College Ltd dealt with a teacher on a temporary contract and whether... read more »

Act now on the Equality Act

28 September 2010 by Nicola Brown

You may well be sick and tired of hearing about the Equality Act by now – but it is worth making the last few checks that you are compliant before it comes in on Friday (1 October 2010). The Government has published some guidance, very late in the day, but in case you... read more »

Face up to Facebook - Social media in the workplace

28 September 2010 by Nicola Brown

Do you allow social media in your workplace, and if so, what rules do you have? Or do you have an outright ban? We advise on the risks and how to strike the right balance for you and your employees. Recent statistics from myjobgroup.co.uk estimate that more than half of the UK workforce spends... read more »

The facts and fictions of maternity leave

28 September 2010 by Nicola Brown

With headlines such as “army faces £1.1m claim from former soldier over lack of childcare support” and “sidelining of senior pregnant employee leads to top compensation award”, it is hardly surprising that employers are often cautious when dealing with workplace issues relating to pregnancy, maternity and childcare.  Are pregnant employees ‘untouchable’... read more »

National Minimum Wage - increase

28 September 2010 by Nicola Brown

The National Minimum Wage increases on Friday 1 October 2010. The rates will be as follows: £5.93 per hour for workers aged 21 and over (a 2.2% increase on the current £5.80 rate); £4.92 per hour for 18-20 year olds (a 1.9% increase on the current £4.83 rate); and £3.64 per hour for 16-17... read more »

Can someone be off sick while they're on holiday?

10 August 2010 by Nicola Brown

Now that the summer holiday season is underway, we have received a number of queries about what happens if someone is off sick during a period of annual leave. The law in this area has changed and has left many employers unsure about their position. So if you have an employee whose holiday is... read more »

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