Employment Law

Employment law bulletin - June 2022.

Welcome Employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed. For a dismissal to be fair, an employer must show that they have a potentially fair reason to dismiss - such as conduct or redundancy - and that they acted reasonably in treating...

Employment Law Bulletin - April 2022

Welcome Employers dread the vexatious litigant. Even the most spurious of tribunal claims takes up valuable management time and incurs legal fees to defend. The judgment of the EAT in Attorney General v Taheri will be a salve to those employers...

Employment Law Bulletin - March 2022

Welcome The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) are derived from EU law. They aim to strike a balance between protecting agency workers and preserving the benefits of flexibility that using an agency provides to both businesses and workers. The AWR...

Employment Law Bulletin - February 2022

Welcome Section 230 Employment Rights Act 1996 sets out the legal definitions of employee and worker. To be a worker – and gain the benefits of paid holiday and national minimum wage - there must be a contract between the business and the...

Employment Law Bulletin - January 2022

  Welcome Section 6(1) of the Equality Act 2010 sets out the statutory definition of disability. A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their...

Employment Law Bulletin - November 2021

Welcome There have been a number of gig economy cases examining whether individuals satisfy the definition of ‘worker’ under s230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The latest case in front of the Court of Appeal, Stuart...

Employment Law Bulletin - October 2021

Welcome The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 do exactly what it says on the tin. They prevent an employer treating a part-time worker less favourably than their full-time colleagues on the grounds of...

Employment Law Bulletin - September 2021

Welcome The European Court of Justice cast its judgment in two German cases where Muslim employees were banned from wearing headscarves in the workplace. Although the judgment isn’t binding in the UK, courts and tribunals may take the...

Employment Law Bulletin - July 2021

Welcome Indirect discrimination occurs when an employer applies a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) to all employees which disadvantages a group of people who share a protected characteristic (such as race or sex). Indirect discrimination can be...

Employment Bulletin - June 2021

Welcome An employee is constructively dismissed if an employer fundamentally breaches their employment contract, entitling the employee to resign in response and say they were dismissed. The employee must not ‘affirm’ the contract,...

Employment Law Bulletin - May 2021

Welcome The Uber v Aslam domino rally has begun. In Addison Lee v Lange, the Court of Appeal has refused the employer permission to appeal the EAT’s decision that Addison Lee drivers are workers. Addison Lee provided private hire and courier...

Employment Law Bulletin - April 2021

Welcome The Supreme Court has given the final word on whether workers should get paid the national minimum wage for sleeping. The case law in this area has been conflicting, with different courts giving different judgments based on similar...

Employment Law Bulletin - March 2021

Welcome The long running Uber v Aslam saga has finally come to an end. The Supreme Court has confirmed that Uber drivers are workers rather than self-employed contractors. As such, drivers are entitled to basic employment rights such as the national minimum...

Employment Bulletin - February 2021

Interim relief is a powerful employee remedy. Section 128 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 sets out the limited circumstances in which it can be sought: for dismissals relating to trade union or health and safety representative activities, and...

Employment law protection - are properly you covered?

“These are highly uncertain times for businesses, with a heightened vulnerability to Covid-19 related employee claims.  So do you have the level of protection you need?” Is your business covered for employee disputes arising from...

Employment Bulletin - January 2021

Welcome One consequence of the ending of the UK’s transition period following its exit from the EU is that the Government is now free to make changes to employment law that would not have been possible before. There are some limits,...

Employment Bulletin - January 2021

Welcome One consequence of the ending of the UK’s transition period following its exit from the EU is that the Government is now free to make changes to employment law that would not have been possible before. There are some limits,...

Employment Law Bulletin - October 2020

Welcome Whether you call it a second wave or one continuous storm, Covid-19 is at the forefront of every employer’s mind as we enter Autumn. Once again, the government has said employees should work from home if they can, in stark relief...

Employment Law Bulletin - September 2020

Welcome September and October this year see the scaling back of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme under which millions of employees have been placed on furlough while the Government issued grants to employers to cover the cost of their wages....

Employment Bulletin - July 2020

Welcome From this month the new Flexible Furlough Scheme is in operation. Under the old scheme an employee had to be furloughed for at least 21 days and could perform no work in that time. The new scheme allows for a furlough of any period and...
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