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Are four day work weeks the way forward?

25 Oct, 2018
Recently we have seen an increasing number of headlines regarding companies moving away from the traditional Monday to Friday work week, and instead adopting a four day week. There...
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Proposals for ethnicity pay gap reporting

18 Oct, 2018
Last week the Government published a consultation setting out its proposals for the introduction of compulsory ethnicity pay gap reporting for organisations with have 250 or more...
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Latest Tribunal Statistics Make Unhappy Reading for Employers

9 Oct, 2018
The Ministry of Justice recently published the tribunal statistics for April to June 2018. The key statistics were: The number of single claims lodged increased by 165% compared to...
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Supporting employees affected by domestic abuse

5 Oct, 2018
There is a growing awareness of the prevalence of domestic abuse throughout society. Government statistics show that in the UK nearly 2 million adults experienced domestic abuse in...
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Bereaved parents to be entitled to bereavement leave

24 Sep, 2018
On 13 September 2018, the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received royal assent. This will give bereaved parents the right to paid leave. The Parental Bereavement (Leave...
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Flexible Working: Changes on the Horizon?

21 Sep, 2018
Since 2014, employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment can make a request for flexible working. 2019 will mark 5 years since the introduction of the Flexible Working...
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Working on the train – when smart working may not be so smart

3 Sep, 2018
A study by the University of the West of England reported last week found that 54% of rail passengers on commuter routes into London used the trains’ wi-fi to send work emails...
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Relying on unsigned contracts of employment

23 Aug, 2018
In order for a contract to be enforceable, it must exhibit several key formalities. However contrary to popular belief, a contract need not necessarily be signed by the parties to...
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Sleep-in workers and minimum wage entitlements

6 Aug, 2018
The Court of Appeal has delivered its interpretation of national minimum wage (NMW) laws and their application to sleep-in workers in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake [2018]...
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The Brexit White Paper: Employment Law Implications

26 Jul, 2018
by: Cripps
On 12 July 2018, the Government published its much-anticipated White Paper, ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’. This White Paper...
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Is football leading the way in leadership excellence?

16 Jul, 2018
There has been endless research and debate around management and leadership; is it nature or nurture? What is the difference between a manager and a leader and how do firms help...
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Disability Discrimination and Ill-health Capability Dismissals

13 Jul, 2018
This week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) served a useful reminder of how the handling of a dismissal on grounds of ill-health capability may give rise to valid claims for...
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Mitigating liability in discrimination claims – have you taken all “reasonable steps”?

5 Jul, 2018
Employers do not always appreciate that they will be legally responsible for acts of discrimination, harassment and victimisation by their workers in the course of their employment...
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Whistleblowing – supporting an allegation with information

29 Jun, 2018
In Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth [2018] EWCA Civ 1436 the Court of Appeal considered the circumstances in which allegations made by a worker may amount to a ‘protected...
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Employment status – the Supreme Court has its say in Pimlico Plumbers

14 Jun, 2018
by: Cripps
Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down its judgement in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Limited and another v Smith [2018] UCSC 29. The result of this decision was the dismissal of...
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Dress Codes and Discrimination – Who wears the trousers?

5 Jun, 2018
Employers often require employees to comply with dress codes either to ensure that a professional image is maintained or because of specific health and safety requirements. It is...
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Consultation document heralds a reform to the taxation of contractors working through personal service companies

31 May, 2018
After a period in abeyance the Government has re-focussed its sights on the perceived tax advantages of ‘off-payroll’ working through personal service companies (PSCs).  On 18...
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Discrimination arising from disability: beware the unknown

29 May, 2018
Last week the Court of Appeal determined that discrimination arising from disability can occur where the employer dismisses a disabled employee unaware of the fact that the...
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The pitfalls of employers relying on variation by conduct

11 May, 2018
In a recent ruling, the Court of Appeal has provided guidance in determining whether an employee, who works on without protest to an unlawful contract variation by an employer, has...
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Constructive Dismissal and the ‘final straw’

8 May, 2018
by: Cripps
This week the Court of Appeal provided clarity on the law regarding the affirmation of a breach of contract in ‘final straw’ constructive dismissal cases.  In the case of Kaur...
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