Employment law is constantly evolving. We’ll keep you ahead of the curve with updates on forthcoming legislative changes, consultations and important case law developments as well as practical guidance on dealing with the impact to your workforce.

Hybrid working policies – Designing them with the employment legal risks in mind

25 June 2021

With the Government’s guidance to work home if you can being lifted from 19 July 2021. We explore some of the key employment legal risks which should be addressed in your hybrid working policy.

Coronavirus: Compulsory vaccination – the employment legal issues

18 June 2021

With businesses planning a return to the office, employers may be considering their policies on vaccination. What are the legal risks of imposing compulsory vaccination?

Firing and rehiring – what is it and does it need further legislation to curb it?

30 April 2021

The so-called practice of hiring and firing has hit the headlines recently with a number of trade unions calling for more legislation to curb its use. So, what is it and is further legislation needed?

Can an employer dismiss an employee for failing to wear a face mask?

12 March 2021

A recent tribunal has thrown into question whether an employer can dismiss an employee for failing to wear a face mask. Do your policies need updating?

What does Brexit mean for workforce data processing obligations?

26 February 2021

In 2018 the UK implemented the GDPR under the Data Protection Act 2018. Now the UK is no longer an EU member state, does Brexit create any potential issues for employers’ workforce data processing obligations?

Are your HR and payroll systems ready for the change to NLW for 23 and 24 year olds?

26 February 2021

From 1 April 2021, National Minimum Wage rates will increase and there will be a reduction in the age of workers eligible for the National Living Wage. How will you ensure you are compliant?

Reactivating the workforce and returning to work – the legal considerations

31 July 2020

Since 23 March, the Government advice was simple – employees should work from home if possible. With the confusion over the new Government guidance. What should employers do?

10 Changes to the coronavirus job retention scheme from 1 July 2020

26 June 2020

In May the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until 31 October 2020 and there will be changes to the scheme from 1 July. What are the changes?

Comparing maternity pay rights to shared parental pay

28 February 2020

Is it sex discriminatory to offer enhanced maternity pay to mothers on maternity leave, but only pay fathers on shared parental leave at the statutory rate for shared parental pay?

What’s new in employment law for 2020?

31 January 2020

In this article we look at some of the key legal developments and employment legal cases that employers should look out for in 2020.

The value of protecting your organisation from equal pay risks and claims

29 November 2019

With many high-profile equal pay cases hitting the headlines, all employers should have equal pay on their agenda. Here we explore the importance of equal pay and what employers should do to avoid claims.

Key amendments to the Employment Rights Act 1996

04 May 2021

Read on to find out about the changes coming in April 2020 to the statements of terms employers must provide to the workforce and how holiday pay must be calculated.

Professional harm through adverse personal employment claims

04 May 2021

Employment Tribunals publish their judgments online. They include a full narrative of the dispute. Last year, a lawyer damaged his professional reputation due to a Regulator’s rebuke after an Employment Tribunal found he had unfairly dismissed and discriminated against his nanny.

Schools using ACAS holiday pay calculation risk holiday pay liabilities after holiday pay case

30 August 2019

Schools and employers of casual workers using ACAS approved holiday pay calculation at risk of holiday pay liabilities after court decides part-year worker was underpaid holiday pay.

Off-payroll working – what is the impact of the small companies accounting regime?

04 May 2021

The legislative changes for off-payroll workers in the private sector will not apply to client end users who are small companies. For those, the current legalisation in Chapter 8 of ITEPA 2003 remains applicable. The size of the company (and in the case of a parent company, the size of the group headed by it) in terms of its turnover, balance sheet total and average number of employees determines whether it is classed as small.

Do you know how long your workers are working?

04 May 2021

The UK Working Time Regulations 1998 are measures to improve the safety and health of workers at work. In this article we cover the importance of why employers need to accurately record working time.

Directors paying for corporate statutory breaches

04 May 2021

Personal liability for directors who induce corporate statutory breaches of their workers’ rights in bad faith.

Equal pay – What could the ASDA decision mean for employers?

08 March 2019

The recent ASDA equal pay decision shines a spotlight on the significant liabilities employers could be unknowingly storing up for the future. We explore why this might be the case.

Holiday pay - are you making an expensive mistake?

22 February 2019

With employment tribunal claims on the increase and state enforcement of holiday pay on the horizon, we look at how employers often get it wrong and why that can be an expensive mistake.

National Minimum Wage – what to expect in 2019

18 January 2019

What are the key National Minimum Wage issues you need to be aware of in 2019? Our article reminds you of the rates and highlights some of the problem areas for employers paying on or near the National Minimum Wage.

Employment law predictions for 2019

14 December 2018

As 2018 ends, we take a look some of the key issues employers will be facing in 2019.

Another victory for gig economy workers, amidst rumours of radical change

30 November 2018

Another victory for gig-economy workers whilst government hints at radical changes to worker rights. What does this mean for your organisation?

Reminder for recruitment agencies to check their agency worker contracts

31 October 2018

Is it time to review your agency worker contracts? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal is a stark reminder of the need to for certain conditions to be met.

Artificial Intelligence – the end of prejudice or just the beginning?

31 October 2018

Technology is playing a bigger role in our working lives. AI is the next step and will impact the way we work. But what’s the cost?

Employment law update – what’s on the horizon?

28 September 2018

Here is an overview of some of the employment law changes that you can expect over the next six months. Topics include: buyers liable for NMW penalties where breaches occurred prior to purchase, bereavement leave, and pay statements for all workers.

Measures proposed to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace

24 August 2018

Sexual harassment in the workplace is more common than most might think and can be committed by anyone your workforce comes into contact with. We discuss the measures the Women and Equalities Committee propose employers should be introducing to tackle sexual harassment.

The catastrophic consequences of ignoring whistleblowing concerns in the workplace

24 July 2018

There can be catastrophic consequences of failing to take whistleblowing concerns seriously. Does your organisation have an appropriate whistleblowing policy in place and is it fit for purpose?

Supreme Court confirms self-employed plumber was a worker entitled to employment rights

22 June 2018

In the last instalment of the Pimlico Plumbers employment rights’ saga, the Supreme Court has agreed that a self-employed plumber was actually a worker. What impact will this decision have?

Are tougher sanctions for NMW breaches and HMRC enforcement of holiday pay on the horizon?

18 May 2018

The Director of Labour Market Enforcement has released his strategy for tackling worker exploitation in the UK, which follows hot on the heels of the Taylor Review and the resulting consultations. Read more to find out about Sir David Metclafe's suggestions for enforcing NMW and holiday pay compliance.

Information Commissioner sets out expectations for GDPR enforcement post 25 May 2018

20 April 2018

At the Information Commissioner’s Office annual conference, the Information Commissioner gave an indication of what to expect when GDPR comes into force.

General Data Protection Regulation - an employee's right to access their personal data

16 February 2018

Here we look at the right an employee has under GDPR to ask their employer for copies of their personal data and the impact such a request has on your organisation.

General Data Protection Regulation – what must employers do

19 January 2018

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced across the EU. Over the course of the next few months, we’ll be covering some of the key aspects of the GDPR which employers will need to have covered.

Are employers now liable for rogue employees’ data protection breaches?

12 December 2017

Morrisons’ case confirms employers can be held liable for rogue employees’ data protection breaches. Read more to find out how you can minimise the risks to your organisation.

Employment law - legislative updates

30 November 2017

Here is an overview of some of the employment law changes that you can expect over the next six months. The topics include: General Data Protection Regulations, National Minimum Wage, Gender Pay Gap reporting and The Taylor Review.

General election 2019 – a summary of the three main parties’ proposals for employment rights

04 December 2019

As we approach the first December election since 1923, Jennifer Mansoor, Employment Solicitor, has written an article that gives an overview of the employment law policies in the election manifestos of the three major political parties.

Monitoring employee emails – is it ok or not?

10 October 2017

Some news headlines have suggested that it is now unlawful to 'snoop' on employees whilst at work. Here we explain why a certain level monitoring is acceptable if the correct steps are taken by employers beforehand.

Good employers have nothing to fear – employment tribunal fees scrapped

17 August 2017

The Supreme Court has ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful which has led to them being abolished.

Taylor Review recommends reform of employment rights and tax status

17 August 2017

The Taylor Review into modern working practices published in July makes many recommendations to those businesses that operate in the gig economy or with a flexible workforce.

Regular voluntary overtime counts for holiday pay

03 August 2017

Following an EAT judgement this week, voluntary overtime is now to be taken into consideration when calculating holiday pay.

What workforce changes can organisations expect over the next two years?

28 June 2017

Following the General Election that left the UK Government without a Parliamentary majority, the Queen’s Speech was dominated by a Brexit legislative agenda. We look at what current clarity there is about what changes employers can expect over the next two years which may affect their workforce.