Category Archives: Employment

The Abolition of Employment Tribunal Fees

September 5, 2017 | John Norrie |

Abolition of Employment Tribunal Fees

Following the abolition of employment tribunal fees, many questions remain.  We will aim to clarify the situation as it currently stands. When were tribunal fees abolished? They were abolished on 26 July 2017, following a ruling by the Supreme Court that they were unlawful. I have already paid tribunal fees – can I reclaim them? … Read More >>

Handling Subject Access Requests for Employers

January 10, 2017 | Eileen Barr |

subject access requests

Under the Data Protection Act, employees can ask to see any personal data about them that their employers hold. These are called a Subject Access Requests (SAR), and can create potential legal problems for employers. What are the risks around SARs? And how employers should handle them? The Risks A SAR will likely be time-consuming and … Read More >>

Driving Employment Rights Forward

November 1, 2016 | Eileen Barr |

employment rights

What do you need to know about the Uber Employment Tribunal Case and how will this affect employment rights? In a landmark decision, an Employment Tribunal has held that Uber, popular smart-phone taxi app, must treat its drivers as ‘workers’ opposed to self-employed. This gives Uber drivers a range of employment rights – whilst placing … Read More >>

What should I know about hiring students?

October 13, 2016 | Eileen Barr |

hiring students

In 2015, 77% of university students worked to help fund their studies. With the new university year beginning, what do employers, and students, need to know about hiring students?   Regulations for Younger Workers   Most university students are over the age of 18, but some students may be younger. Workers under the age of … Read More >>

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – What do You Need to Know?

September 2, 2016 | Marianne |

sexual harassment in the workplace

Last month a TUC survey of 1,500 women found that more than half of women of the women surveyed have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is a key issue in the workplace today that has a severe impact on employers and employees. With this in mind we look at what you need … Read More >>

Key Changes Introduced by the Trade Union Act 2016

July 5, 2016 | Eileen Barr |

trade union act 2016

In a year that has seen headlines dominated by strikes of junior doctors and Scotrail staff, the introduction of the Trade Union Act 2016, is likely to be of great interest to both employers and employees. The Trade Union Act 2016 (TUA), which is expected to come into force throughout the year, incorporates a number … Read More >>

How will Brexit affect employment law?

June 28, 2016 | Marianne |

Will Brexit affect employment law

On Friday the 24th June 2016 the country woke up to the news that the majority of voters in the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. Whilst the implications of this referendum will be far reaching, the question on a number of people’s lips is how will Brexit affect employment law? The … Read More >>

Maternity Related Discrimination: some worrying statistics

April 18, 2016 | Marianne |

maternity related discrimination

The Department for Business Innovation and Skill (BIS), together with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), commissioned research exploring pregnancy and maternity related discrimination in the workplace. The research involved interviews with over 3,000 mothers and over 3,000 employers in Britain. While you may not all have the time or inclination to read the … Read More >>

Managing employees working from home

April 7, 2016 | Marianne |

Managing employees working from home

An area of employment law which is gaining more ground is the issue of managing employees working from home. In fact I have been asked by a number of clients about this issue given more employees are making flexible working requests to work from home. It is important that employers are aware of how to … Read More >>

National Living Wage – what you need to know!

February 8, 2016 | Marianne |

National living wage

As you will have no doubt seen in newspaper headlines and Government advertising billboards, there is a “new” rate of pay coming in – the National Living Wage. In this blog, I look at what this change is and what it will mean for businesses. There are currently four different hourly rates of National Minimum … Read More >>

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