Employment

What is a qualifying disclosure?

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The Court of Appeal gives guidance on identifying the difference between "allegation" and "information" for the purposes of whistleblowing protection. More …

Unfair dismissal developments

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Managing dismissals fairly is not always straightforward as can be seen from some recent EAT decisions that have considered the tricky issues of dismissal for gross misconduct and misconduct where there had been no previous disciplinary warnings. More …

The Government’s response to the Taylor Review – more certainty for all or just more red tape for businesses?

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In July 2017, the "Good Work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices” set out over 50 recommendations for improving workers’ rights. The Government’s response to the Taylor Review was published on 7 February 2018 and sets out the Government’s commitment to providing certainty for all regarding workers’ rights. More …

Are you ready for higher automatic enrolment contributions from 6 April?

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As many employers will know, on 6 April 2018, and then again on 6 April 2019, the minimum contributions to a pension scheme for the purposes of the automatic enrolment regime will increase. More …

Suspicious sales, secret surveillance and the Spanish supermarket

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Video surveillance at work is a considerable intrusion into private life and it is important to weigh up the right to privacy as provided for by article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights against the need for the surveillance. As a recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights illustrates, a fair balance has to be struck. More …

Enforcing gender pay gap reporting?

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With less than 3 months to go until larger employers must publish their gender pay gap, Kevin Lau, a senior solicitor in the employment team at Blake Morgan LLP looks at the latest developments and what employers and HR professionals need to know. More …

Non-compete clause unenforceable as it included a restriction on holding a minor shareholding in a competing business

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Restrictive covenants are a useful tool for employers to protect their competitive edge and to reduce the risk of 'star employees' leaving to join competitors.However, failure to draft restrictive covenants carefully can leave both employer and employee in limbo. More …

Employment Law - Looking Ahead to 2018

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Following on from our Employment law "Top Ten" of 2017 we now take a look ahead to 2018 and what are likely to be the key employment law developments for employers and HR professionals. More …

Employment law Top Ten of 2017

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How will employers and HR professionals remember 2017? We thought we’d seen enough Brexit turmoil in 2016 but it paled into insignificance compared with the legal and political wranglings this year. More …

Self-employed "worker" entitled to 13 years' backdated holiday pay for untaken leave

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in the case of King v Sash Windows & another that a "self-employed" salesman who established worker status is able to claim holiday pay for leave he was entitled to but had not taken or had not been paid for over the entirety of his 13 year engagement. More …