Employment

Are businesses obliged to enhance shared parental leave pay?

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Two recent EAT cases consider whether it is discriminatory to enhance Maternity Pay but not enhance Shared Parental Pay. More …

New ACAS guidance published

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ACAS has extensive guidance and resources on its website and it has recently published some new and updated guidance on a number of topical issues such as religion or belief in the workplace and suspension from work. More …

Sponsoring migrant workers from outside the European Union: Is raising the cap the way forward?

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The Government has announced a number of changes recently relating to sponsoring migrant workers from outside the EU as well as updating its guidance on right to work checks. More …

Matthew Smith: What does the Pimlico Plumbers case mean for employers?

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After almost seven years of litigation, the Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal that Gary Smith was a ‘worker’ and not ‘self-employed’ in the high-profile case Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smith. This article first appeared in Employee Benefits on 3 July. More …

Landmark decision for "gig economy" workers

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The recent judgment of the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smith is undoubtedly the most significant decision of the recent employment status cases which impact in particular the so-called "gig economy". More …

Feeling hot, hot, hot

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From reports of schools cancelling sports' days, builders turning up to work in skirts and dresses because they are not allowed to wear shorts and concerns about railway tracks buckling, the current heatwave is headline news for all sorts of reasons. More …

Rhiannon Jenkins: Should commuting count as working time?

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Time spent commuting is not usually ‘working time’. Employers do not generally have any control over an employee’s activities until they reach the workplace, and have no say in where the employee lives or how long they spend commuting. More …

How to handle World Cup HR issues

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The World Cup kicks off today – and employers may find themselves managing competing requests for time off or transfers to another shift, as well as a spike in unauthorised absences. Vicky Schollar offers some advice. More …

Trans facts

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Despite greater awareness and public understanding of gender identity, many transgender people still face discrimination. Alison Craggs, associate in our Succession and Tax team and Debra Gers, senior practice support lawyer in our Employment team, examine the key legal rights of transgender people – from management of wills and inheritance rights to equality in the workplace in their article for the Law Society's PS Magazine. More …

GDPR one week to go…are you GDPR-compliant when it comes to your own staff?

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Whilst many organisations have focussed on what the GDPR means for customer/client/supplier data from 25 May, have you taken the right actions with regard to your staff? We look at the very different considerations involved in being HR-GDPR compliant when it comes into force next week. More …