Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Employees

'Part-year' workers and holiday entitlements

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The long running case of Harpur Trust v Brazel reached the Supreme Court last week. The case deals with holiday entitlements for individuals who work varying hours during certain weeks of the year but have a contract throughout the year.  The court...

Covid in the workplace

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

It is easy to think that with most, if not all, restrictions lifted and no requirement to test or isolate, organisations no longer have to consider the implications of Covid in the workplace. Links to the current official guidance is below: ...

Temperatures set to soar - what's the position in the workplace?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

We are often asked about minimum working temperatures and only rarely do we need to think about any maximum working temperature. However, parts of the UK are predicted to experience record temperatures in the coming days. So what is the position in the...

Long Covid found to be a disability

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

A Scottish employment tribunal has concluded that a caretaker, Mr Burke, who is suffering from ‘Long Covid’ was disabled.  Mr Burke tested positive for Covid-19 on 15 November 2020 and did not return to work prior to his dismissal on 13...

An update on fit notes: what you need to know

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

Fit notes are issued by healthcare professionals to provide evidence of advice that an individual has been given about their fitness for work. They also record details of the effects of the individual’s condition so that an employer can consider ways...

Halifax lose customers due to 'woke' pronoun policy

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Lots of organisations are accused of jumping on the bandwagon, ‘woke’ practices and ‘virtue signalling’ during awareness days, weeks and months and this undermines the hard work many individuals and organisations invest in to create...

Hybrid working and pay; issues to think about

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

For many individuals and organisations, one of the lasting impacts of Covid in the workplace has been its impact on where individuals can and do work. The bar has been pushed much further forward and much quicker than many ever imagined possible. Working...

Ethical veganism is not a philosophical belief

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Mrs Free Miles worked as a nurse at the Royal Veterinary College. She was dismissed following investigations into several allegations, some of which were being investigated by police and were connected with her belief in ethical veganism. She brought claims...

Menopause and the workplace - not a protected characteristic

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

The Minister for Work and Pensions (Lords) and Minister for Women has confirmed that the government is not currently planning to introduce menopause as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 or to implement dual discrimination. The...

Understanding the Chartered Legal Executives position

Emma Greenland
  • Posted
  • Author

I am a Chartered Legal Executive, working within the private client department which covers  wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and probate.  I prepare lasting powers of attorney for my clients and can complete all necessary requirements...

Harassment in the workplace

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The facts and decisions Mr Ali was employed to work on the Heathrow Express train service and he is Muslim. Following a security drill in 2017, Mr Ali and other colleagues received a report detailing a security check that had taken place on a day that he...

Future of work review

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On 12 May 2022, it was announced that the Prime Minister asked one of his MPs, Matt Warman, to lead a review into the future of work. This is with a focus on how the government can best support a thriving UK labour market, as we move out of the...

Covid-19 and unfair dismissal

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

It has taken some time for Covid-19 related tribunal cases to be heard and determined. The Employment Appeal Tribunal ( EAT ) has recently upheld a tribunal decision that an employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed when he refused to attend work...

Would you take a pay-cut to work from home?

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

This is the offer that Stephenson Harwood, an international law firm, made to its employees recently. The firm announced that employees who choose to work from home on a permanent, full-time basis, would be subject to a 20% pay cut and would be required to...

Did P&O Ferries Sack 800 Staff Unlawfully?

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On Thursday 17 March 2022, P&O Ferries sacked 800 members of their crew on grounds of redundancy by way of a video message, in what they said was a “very difficult, but necessary decision to secure the viability of the business.” The...

Further extensions to adjusted right to work measures

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

In my blog dated 27 August 2021 , I wrote that the COVID-19 adjusted right to work check measures were being extended until 5 April 2022 inclusive. The Government announced on 24 February 2022 that these measures will now end on 30 September 2022 .  ...

The rules are changing on tipping practices - an update

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On 22 October 2021, I wrote a blog which explained that the Government intended to overhaul tipping practices. As a reminder, the Government set out the proposed legislative measures: Ensure that employers in all sectors will not be permitted to make any...

Mandatory vaccination - will it happen?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

As it stands from 1 April 2022, providers of CQC-regulated activities in the health and social care sector in England will only be able to deploy individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in patient-facing roles. Points to note from the...

Plan B to come to an end in England

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On 19 January 2022, Boris Johnson announced that Plan B measures will end in England on 26 January 2022, with some ending even earlier, due to the data which shows that cases are falling and that the Omicron wave has likely peaked nationally. It was...

Rebate of statutory sick pay

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

It had been announced that the rebate of sick pay for Covid-related absences would be reintroduced. From 19 January, employers may be entitled to reclaim up to two weeks’ statutory sick pay that they have paid to employees who have taken time off for...

New Acas guidance on fire and rehire practices

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On 22 October 2021, a private members bill, which intended to legislate against ‘fire and rehire’ practices, was blocked by MPs. Fire and rehire is a controversial tactic that can be used by employers who wish to change their employee’s...

Dismissing an employee and disability discrimination

Helena  Oxley
  • Posted
  • Author

There are some useful learning points for employers to note following a recent tribunal, please see below: The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) heard the case of Stott v Ralli Ltd EA-2019-000772-VP on 16 June 2021 and It was published on 19 October...

Compulsory vaccines for NHS staff

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not made any proposals to make Covid vaccination compulsory for NHS workers or care home staff.  However, in England on 11 November all care home workers must be fully vaccinated (unless exempt) and the...

Tip-top news for employees

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

A Government report published on 24 September 2021 outlined plans to overhaul tipping and gratuity practices , following a consultation on the matter in 2016.  Employers will have a better idea of what might need to be done to comply and how it might...

Subject access requests for employees

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

A subject access request (SAR) is a mechanism under the data protection legislation (UK GDPR) to request all information that an organisation holds in relation to an individual.  Over recent years, we have found a sharp increase in the number of SARs...

Restaurants banned from withholding staff tips

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Some well-known restaurants have been criticised for keeping tips left for their staff by customers.   Because most transactions nowadays are made by card, some employers apply an “administrative charge” for processing a service charge...

Two new Covid-related employment tribunal decisions

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

Slowly, but surely, we are seeing more Covid-related cases filtering through the tribunal system. There have been some decisions already released on furlough and unfair dismissal and now we have two more; one relating to pregnancy and another relating to the...

End of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

Along with the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, it has been announced that the COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will end on 30 September 2021. Introduced in May 2020, the scheme enables small and medium sized businesses to...

Can an employer require employees to be vaccinated?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

From 11 November 2021, regulated care homes will be able to legally require workers to be vaccinated, although there is a suggestion that that legislation is unlawful.  The question is whether other industries can require their employees to be...

Should furlough be an alternative to redundancy?

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

The Employment Tribunal has reached different decisions in two recent cases, both concerning the fairness of the employer’s decision to dismiss on the grounds of redundancy rather than furlough the employee. In Mhindurwa v Loving Angels the employee...

Adjusted Right to Work checks extended

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

Right to work checks were due to revert back to normal at the end of August 2021. However, the government has just announced a further extension to the end date. Adjusted right to work checks will now remain until 5 April 2022 inclusive . As a reminder,...

Nando's - what does this mean for employees?

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

Nando’s is the latest well-known high-street group to be affected by what is being referred to as the “pingdemic” this summer.  Disruption within the UK supply chain has led to a shortage of Nando’s famous Peri Peri Chicken,...

Self-isolation rules changed for those fully vaccinated

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On 16 August 2021, the rules on self-isolation for fully vaccinated individuals changed. This means, if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and you have been fully vaccinated (or are aged under 18 years and 6...

Why employee training and following policies & procedures is important

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

In a recent case, an employer was liable for the discriminatory actions of an employee, despite that employee having received training and being aware of the employer’s policies and procedures, which made clear his behaviour was unacceptable. An...

Employment Tribunal and Legal Expenses Insurance

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Employees who have been dismissed, discriminated against or who are in dispute with their employers may be able to make a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Tribunals were first established in the 1960’s to provide a forum for employers and employees...

Covid-19 restrictions - Stage 4 Government guidance for Employers

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

  From yesterday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to COVID-19 were lifted. The Government has now published its guidance on how to manage a gradual return to the workplace and what employers will be expected to do.  Broadly...

Changes to the Furlough scheme - July 2021

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

Important changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS or furlough) come into force on 1 July 2021, with employers being required to contribute a percentage towards their employees’ wages for hours not worked.  1 July 2021 -The government...

Amended right to work checks extended

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

The Government announced on 12 May 2021 that the amended right to work check measures will remain in place until 20 June 2021. This is a welcome extension given that the amended measures were previously due to end on 16 May 2021. This would have meant that...

Covid-19 health and safety in the workplace

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

An employee is entitled to make a claim under section 100(1)(d) and (e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 if they are dismissed for exercising a right to leave the workplace, or to take steps to protect themselves, where they reasonably believe there is...

Employment law and HR changes to be aware of in April 2021

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

From 1 April 2021 , Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the National Living Wage (NLW) will rise to £8.91 an hour and will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds for the first time. Previously, the NLW was only available to 25 year olds and above. The other...

Covid-19 workplace guidance for Employees

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Below is a summary of the current restrictions and guidance in place for employees in the workplace. In each section we include links to the late guidance. Updated 22 March 2021 The position may differ between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern...

Furlough scheme to be extended

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

In the budget speech on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the furlough scheme will be extended. The furlough scheme will cease at the end of September. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their wages up to £2,500 per...

Court rules that Uber drivers are not self-employed

Rianna Billington
  • Posted
  • Author

On 19 February 2021, the long-awaited judgement in the case of Uber BV v Aslam was handed down by the Supreme Court. It was unanimously ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed, as Uber themselves argued, but are workers and are therefore entitled to...

Dismissal for complaining about manager ruled as unfair

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

Michael Austin, a paint sprayer, has been awarded £28,560 after his dismissal from A1M Retro Classics (A1M) was ruled unfair.  Mr Austin was employed by A1M for 5 years until he was summarily dismissed on 18th February 2020. On 13th February...

Furlough and the disciplinary process

Helena  Oxley
  • Posted
  • Author

Furlough and other alternatives have been utilised for almost a year now to support businesses during the pandemic. Throughout this time many employers were focused on reaction and business survival, but our clients are now starting to see...

Postman's dismissal for public urination ruled as unfair

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

Roo Rawal, a postal worker, was employed by the Royal Mail for 17 years until his dismissal for Gross Misconduct in 2017. Prior to his dismissal, he had a clean disciplinary record. The reason for the dismissal The disciplinary allegations followed a...

ASOS deal - what happens to the employees?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

In order to assist the rescue of failing businesses, the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE) include specific insolvency provisions which allow transferees of insolvent businesses greater flexibility than would otherwise be the case. Where the...

Can an employer accept overseas sick notes?

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

Although the Coronavirus pandemic has restricted travel both within and outside of the UK, many employees have travelled abroad to visit family, either for the festive celebrations or for longer periods.  Whilst this creates a range of potential...

Debenhams - what does this mean for the employees?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

With Boohoo purchasing some of the assets of department store Debenhams, it is believed that its stores will not reopen, except to sell off stock. So, what does this mean for Debenhams’ employees? In many cases, if business A buys the shares of...

Lockdown 3 - Employment workplace update

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

What you need to know regarding lockdown 3.0 and the workplace:  The guidance says employees 'can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable … to do your job from home’. The legislation is more restrictive and says...

Lockdown 3 announced - What now for the workplace?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

I did not make my children listen this time round to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, that we yet again enter national lockdown. Education will be by remote learning until mid-February and the extremely clinically vulnerable must...

Taking your holiday entitlement

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

With Christmas and New year celebrations just around the corner, we are sure many are looking forward to 2021 more than might usually be the case.  For many, the 31 st December will mark the end of the current holiday year and what a holiday year it...

Extension of furlough - a quick overview

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

This is a summary of the key points to think about at this stage , that relate to t he extension of furlough in addition to the original policy paper and in particular providing answers to common questions and any changes from the furlough guidance.  ...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's latest Covid-19 government support update

Helena  Oxley
  • Posted
  • Author

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled new support for workers, businesses and the self-employed hit by restrictions imposed as coronavirus cases rise across the UK. The government listened to the concerns of businesses in tier two areas that felt not enough...

Government's safety net for closed businesses

Helena  Oxley
  • Posted
  • Author

Today, Rishi Sunak announced an expansion of the Job Support Scheme and the introduction of grants to businesses which he says will ‘significantly strengthen our toolkit for protecting jobs and businesses over the weeks and months to come.’ ...

Covid-19: Changes to office working practices

Helena  Oxley
  • Posted
  • Author

In response to the rising number of coronavirus cases, on 22 September 2020 the Prime Minister announced some changes to working practices. Key takeaways from the announcement: Office workers should work from home where possible. If this is not possible,...

Can an employer make their employees take holiday?

Sarah Shah
  • Posted
  • Author

With travel plans disrupted this summer, most employees will be hesitant to use their holiday allowance until the current restrictions are lifted.  Employers are keen to have workers working rather than on holiday, especially as the business starts to...

Flexible furlough - one thing you might have missed

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

I am sure many, business and employees alike, are looking forward to the flexibility under the coronavirus job retention scheme from 1 July 2020 and the possibilities it brings. However, there is one important restriction that might have been overlooked and...

How furlough is changing from 1 July 2020

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

We've known some of the details since the changes were announced in May and guidance released earlier this month. Further guidance was released on 12 June 2020. What follows is a summary of how furlough will operate from 1 July 2020 and collated...

How is notice pay calculated during furlough?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Employers may be considering making redundancies and employees may be notified that they are to be made redundant. Both will be keen to understand what payment they should receive if the employee is on furlough.  How is notice pay calculated if an...

Important changes to furlough and self-employed support scheme

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

On 29 May 2020, as part of the government daily briefing, the Chancellor announced the awaited details of how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) (or furlough scheme) will change come 1 August 2020.  The headlines are that: For June and July...

COVID-19 sick pay for employers

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The reclaim scheme put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic for some organisations to reclaim statutory sick pay is now live (26 May 2020). Broadly, employers who had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020, are eligible to reclaim up to two...

IR35 and off-payroll working rules update

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

It seems like a lifetime ago we were discussing and preparing for the implementation of changes to IR35 and off-payroll working rules from 6 April 2020.  On 17 March 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the government took the welcome step to delay the...

COVID-19 - returning to work and the next steps

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The Government set out revised guidance on 10 May 2020. It said where employees could do so they should work from home but where that was not possible employers are encouraged to get employees back to work in a safe environment. If employers are considering...

Return from Furlough

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Government has said that it is important for businesses to carry on during this crisis. Some businesses are starting to reopen or seeing workload increase and looking to employees to return to the workplace, having worked from home or been on furlough under...

Employment guidance from 13 May 2020

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May 2020, guidance was issued late on 11 May 2020: Our plan to rebuild - The UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy  New guidance launched to help Brits safely back to work  ...

Being on furlough and family leave

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Furlough before leave New regulations came into force on 25 April 2020. An individual on furlough and receiving less than normal pay during part or all of the relevant period, for the purposes of calculating statutory maternity pay, (or Maternity Allowance,...

Attending work meetings during furlough

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Whilst on furlough, employees cannot work for or on behalf of their employer. Guidance says work is any work that: makes money for the employer or any organisation linked or associated with the employer provides services for the employer or any...

Disciplinary, grievance and consultation meetings during furlough

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

HMRC guidance issued on 30 April 2020 relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or CJRS, or the furlough scheme) clarified that employees on furlough (acting as representatives or companions) can carry out their duties and activities as a companion...

Employment after Covid-19: what will this look like?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

For most, but not all, the ‘crisis’ stage of the Covid-19 pandemic is over and both business and employees are starting to reflect on what has happened and, more importantly, focus on what is to come. When and how the lockdown will be lifted? ...

The Coronavirus Act

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

On 25 March 2020 the Coronavirus Act became law. One of its purposes is to ease the burden of frontline staff, both within the NHS and beyond. It provides for Emergency Volunteer Leave. The Act sets out a new statutory right for workers to take emergency...

Covid-19: Summary guidance for employees

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Click here for the latest workplace guidance for employees The law/guidance is as it was at 14 May. For updated information  please click here The Prime Minister announced a change in the position on working on 10 May 2020. It represents a...

Extension of IR35 postponed

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced on 17 March 2020 that the extension of the off-payroll working rules and IR35 will be postponed to 6 April 2021 . Broadly, IR35 was introduced to ensure that those who worked like employees paid broadly the...

Covid-19: Summary guidance for employers

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Click here for the latest workplace guidance for employers The law/guidance is as it was at 14 May. For updated information  please click here The Prime Minister announced a change in the position on working on 10 May 2020. It represents a...

Increased compensation limits for employment tribunals

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

From 6 April 2020, new increased compensation limits for employment tribunals will come into force. Under the provisions of the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019, the increases include a revised figure of £538 (currently £525) for...

Reforms to the off-payroll working rules

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Government, on 27 February 2020, confirmed the reforms to the off-payroll working rules will be introduced from 6 April 2020. Nothing new there then. It has already been announced that the changes will apply only to services provided on or after 6 April...

Coronavirus guidance for employers

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The Prime Minister has said coronavirus could spread 'significantly' and, potentially, a fifth of the workforce could be off sick at its peak. I understand the situation is of growing concern to individuals and employers alike.  At work, both...

Parental leave decision

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Last year, in the case of Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall, the Court of Appeal decided that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than a woman received whilst on maternity leave. Hextall asked for permission to...

IR35: Government announces review into off-payroll working

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

The government has announced that it is launching a review into the implementation of changes to the off-payroll working rules. In an official statement, it said, ‘the review will determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the smooth and...

Ethical veganism is a "philosophical belief" rules Tribunal

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

A Tribunal has determined that ethical veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’ and is capable of protection from discrimination. Jordi Casamitjana, an ethical vegan, claims that he was treated less favourably by his employer because of his...

Tupe applies to workers as well as employees

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The definition of 'employee' in TUPE is "an individual who works for another person whether under a contract of service or apprenticeship or otherwise..." In a judgement published yesterday, an employment tribunal held that the Acquired...

How much for legal advice on a settlement agreement?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Often queries are raised when a solicitor is asked to sign a settlement agreement and they give a fee quote of £500 or more to do that work. It is sometimes assumed that the solicitor merely has to “rubber stamp” the agreement by signing...

Garden leave and restrictive covenants

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Just over a year ago, I worked my last day at a firm I had worked at for 13 years. I had given notice and, in accordance with my contract, I was put on garden leave. I wasn’t able to say goodbye to clients how I wanted. I wasn’t able to hand...

Relationships in the workplace - what are your rights?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

According to news reports, McDonalds has fired its chief executive for having a relationship with an employee. This relationship was in breach of its policy on conflict of interest. The reports don’t give any details about the other employee, but they...

Are you liable for your employees out of hours?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

A recent case concluded that a business was not liable for a private social media post made by an employee out of hours and using their own equipment. We discussed the implications of this case at recent HR Forums and the reaction was, it’s fair to...

Banning out-of-hours email 'could harm employee wellbeing'

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The University of Sussex has recently reported that banning out-of-hours email could actually be more harmful to some employees. They concluded, as I suspect most will have anticipated, that preventing access to work emails out of hours may help some but...

Contract termination: legal battle with Rugby Australia

David Feakins
  • Posted
  • Author

Israel Folau, a rugby player who was recently sacked by Rugby Australia following his homophobic comments made on social media, has had a controversial GoFundMe page shut down. Folau had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia in May, after he said,...

Supporting employees in the LGBT community

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

In recent times, gender pay, sexual harassment and especially mental health in the workplace have been under the spotlight for good reason and with positive effect. However, there is always more to be done and always other things which are just outside or...

Automatic unfair dismissal

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

In most cases an employee must have acquired 2 years’ continuous service before they can make a claim for unfair dismissal. This is commonly known as “ordinary” unfair dismissal. However, there are over 25 exceptions to that rule where an...

Women in law: Progression to Partner

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

Julie Temple , Partner and Head of BLHR and Employment team at Birkett Long, tells us about her career in law, what has changed, and what needs to continue. When did you start your career in law? My career in law began when I started at Birkett Long...

Employment Tribunal compensation limits increase

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

From 6 April 2019, new increased compensation limits for employment tribunals will come into force. Under the provisions of the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019, the increases include a revised figure of £525 (currently £508) for...

Morrisons faces equal pay backlash

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

Female employees are claiming that they are not paid the same as male workers who are doing comparable jobs at supermarket giant Morrisons. The claims which are being made relate to the difference in pay between employees who work on the shop floor, who are...

Protection against redundancy for expectant and new parents

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

On 25 January 2019, the government launched a consultation on plans to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination. This is part of a series of measures being considered following the so-called Taylor Review. The consultation proposes to require...

Regulations coming into force

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 come into force on 6 April 2020.  The Regulations implement some changes recommended in the ‘Good Work Plan’ published on 17 December 2018. So...

Directors are often also workers and employees

Alan Massenhove
  • Posted
  • Author

It can easily be overlooked that in England & Wales a person who is an executive director of a company will often also be a worker, under the Working Time Regulations 1998 and an employee of the company, under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and various...

How hot is too hot for UK workers?

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

“Unions say action needed to protect UK workers in heatwave’’  The Trade Union Congress is pushing for a legal maximum temperature in the workplace, with a high of 30 degrees for indoor work environments and 27 degrees for more...

National Minimum Wage (NMW)

Julie Temple
  • Posted
  • Author

This month has seen two significant National Minimum Wage (NMW) issues in the headlines. On 6 July the gov.uk website stated that a record 22,400 workers would receive millions in back pay and on 13 July the Court of Appeal in Mencap and Tomlinson-Blake...

Parental bereavement: leave and pay

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

Parliament has passed a new law this week, dubbed ‘Will’s Bill’ in honour of the campaigning carried out by Colchester MP Will Quince. The Bill creates a statutory right to time off work for employed parents, with pay, where eligibility...

Auto-Enrolment - Minimum pension contributions increase

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

Under the Pensions Act 2008, the minimum pension contributions by both employers and staff are required to increase over time.  Currently the employer’s minimum contribution rate is 1% alongside the staff contribution rate which is set at 1%....

Discrimination towards pregnant women in the work place - are they a burden?

Charlotte Holman
  • Posted
  • Author

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (the EHRC) survey reveals a worrying trend in employers’ attitudes towards the rights of pregnant women and new mothers. The EHRC has published the results of a survey with the aim of trying to...