Category: Employment Law Guide

Update on Top Six Employment Law Cases for 2017

In February we wrote about six cases due to be heard in the higher courts which significantly impact on the development of employment law. Five have now come to light with mixed news for employers. The rulings are in italics. 1. Employment Status Last autumn, a London Employment Tribunal held that Uber was a taxi… Read more »

Six Employment Law Cases to Watch in 2017

1. Employment Status Last autumn, a London Employment Tribunal held that Uber was a taxi company, not a technology platform as it claimed, and found that its drivers had legal rights including the right to paid holiday and the minimum wage. Uber announced that they were to appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and that… Read more »

Quick Employment Law Quiz

1. True or False: Employees have no rights without a written contract. FALSE: Once a person has been verbally offered a job and then starts working, a contract is said to exist, regardless of whether anything has been confirmed in writing or not. Therefore, an employee has certain legal rights including notice, unfair dismissal after… Read more »

Brexit Implications

Steps that Employers can take now On 23 June 2016 the UK voted in favour of Brexit, i.e. withdrawal from the EU. Theresa May has replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister, and has appointed David Davis as “Brexit Secretary of State”. Is it business as usual? For the most part it is, but there are… Read more »

Spring Budget and Other Changes

Termination Payments Chancellor George Osborne has announced that from April 2018 termination payments over £30,000 will be subject to employer’s national insurance contributions, as well as Income Tax which is already payable. Under £30,000 will still be free of tax. He said in his speech that “the rules are complex and the exemptions incentivise employers… Read more »

Seven Levers for Workplace Productivity

The Governor of the Bank of England has initiated a timely debate about the alleged failure of the British economy to become more productive with the indictment: “It has been worse than we had expected and worse than we had expected for the last several years. We have been successively disappointed.” The UK’s productivity (gross… Read more »

Gross Negligence

To adopt a well-worn but accurate phrase, Cameron Minshull’s horrific accident was ‘an accident waiting to happen’. The 16 year old apprentice, who earned £3 an hour, was employed by Zaffar Hussain at Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd. He had only worked at the firm for a month before he died from a serious head injury… Read more »

Top Ten Tips on Preparing your Organisation for Growth

Not many organisations have been immune from redundancies in the past few years and most are staffed by the people who survived the experience, as few employers have been recruiting. The recession has impacted on trust, as well as damaged motivation levels and eroded engagement. Below are some pointers on how to re-build relationships at work,… Read more »

Obesity and Discrimination

A case has been brought in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to determine whether obesity can be a disability under EU discrimination law. The claimant, who is obese (25 stone), was a child-minder for a local authority in Denmark. He was dismissed because his obesity meant he was unable to perform his duties, including… Read more »

The ‘Tweeting Commandments’

The Ten Commandments are a set of biblical commandments relating to worship and ethics, which play a fundamental role in Christianity and Judaism and which are also upheld by other religions as a Universal Code of conduct. These life rules were thought to have been received by Moses around the 13th century BC, so they’ve… Read more »