Employment News

Government Review of Employment Tribunal fees

On 31st January 2017, the UK Government published its review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal. The review concludes that the fee system has succeeded in raising just under 20% of the costs of the Employment Tribunals system, and that the fees have discouraged, but not prevented,... Read more

Employment Status - The Repercussions

The recent judgement in RS Dhillon & GP Dhillon Partnership -v- HMRC serves as a useful reminder of the dangers of engaging staff on a self-employed basis without a suitable written agreement being in place. Read more

The "Right" to a Rest Break

In the case of Grange -v- Abellio London Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“the EAT”) was required to consider whether an employee must request a rest break before claiming to have been refused the rest break. Read more

Should you be “Uber” concerned?

The London Employment Tribunal (“ET”) handed down a “landmark decision” today, Friday 28 October 2016 in the case of Aslam, Farrar and others -v- Uber BV, Uber London Ltd and Uber Brittania Ltd. The ET confirmed that the Uber drivers were “workers” in respect of the “extended” employment related rights... Read more

Constructive Dismissal - Employee Conduct versus Employer Conduct

Does negotiating a termination package prevent an employee from claiming constructive dismissal?  No, confirmed the high court in the case of Gibbs v Leeds United Football Club. Read more

Discriminatory Dress Codes

Is it illegal to impose different dress code requirements on women than on men?  Read more

The National Living Wage

As of 1st April 2016, all workers aged 25 and over who were previously covered by the National Minimum Wage will now be entitled to receive the National Living Wage which has been introduced at the rate of £7.20 per hour.  The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply to... Read more

Applying EU Insolvency Law to Non-EU Organisations

Does a non-EU Company, operating outwith the EU but with its head office located within an EU member state, have to comply with EU insolvency law?  Yes, declared the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the case of Elliniko Dimosio v Stroumpoulis and others.   Read more

The Right to Work and Unfair Dismissal

When employing staff, employers must ensure that the prospective employee has the right to work in the UK.  If an individual is found to be working illegally, the employer may face a fine of up to £20,000, per employee.  Most British and EAA nationals have the right to work in... Read more

Disability Discrimination: The Meaning of Day to Day Activities

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed in the case of Banaszczyk v Booker Limited that manual handling and heavy lifting can constitute ‘normal day-to-day activities’ for the purpose of establishing disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.  Read more
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“What Next for the Scottish Housing Market?”

We now have a published Scottish Route Map the way ahead and, hopefully, out of the Coronavirus Pandemic for many, in the week to come, this will finally provide a welcome removal of some of the practical restraints of moving house but – for a multitude of reasons – this will not mean a return to “business as usual” for quite some time to come.

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