Category Archives: Employment

Owner-employee contracts explained

October 8, 2012 | Marianne |

owner-employee contracts

So what are owner-employee contracts? In his speech to the Conservative Party conference on 8 October 2012, Chancellor George Osborne set out proposals which could see employees give up employment rights in return for shares in their company and tax free gains under a new owner–employee contract. People employed on the contract will give up … Read More >>

Impact of sickness during annual leave

September 15, 2012 | Marianne |

sickness during annual leave

Whether or not workers can reclaim holidays if they are sick during annual leave has caused a headache for employers for some time. In 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in workers’ favour.  So what is the impact of sickness during annual leave? What does this mean for employers? In the case of … Read More >>

A Guide to Employment Tribunal Statistics and Fees

August 10, 2012 | Marianne |

Employment Tribunal statistics The Employment Tribunals have published their annual statistics for the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012.  Interestingly the total number of claims continues to decrease (from 236,000 in 2009/2010 to 218,000 in 2010/2011 and decreasing again to 186,000 in 2011/212). Unfair dismissal claims have fallen from 47,900 to 46,300.  If … Read More >>

Data Protection Regulations – change on the way?

July 31, 2012 | Marianne |

The European Commission published draft proposals in January 2012 which aim to update data protection regulations and unify data protection within the EU. Summary of Proposals Stricter requirements on organisations to adopt policies and procedures that clearly demonstrate how processing of personal data is carried out. Organisations will only be able to collect the minimum … Read More >>

Do I need an employment contract?

May 25, 2012 | Marianne |

Do i need an employment contract

We are often asked – do I need an employment contract? The employment status of an individual isn’t always easy to answer, but is important for a number of reasons. Certain legal rights only apply if an individual is an employee: e.g. the right not to be unfairly dismissed and the right to receive a … Read More >>

What legal status do volunteers have?

April 19, 2012 | Marianne |

What legal status do volunteers have?

We are often asked by charities: what legal status do volunteers have? And how they should be recruited? It’s increasingly common for school leavers and the unemployed to undertake volunteering to boost their CVs. Although volunteers aren’t covered by discrimination legislation it’s sensible to adopt the same recruitment practices as paid employees, including a robust … Read More >>

What are the risks when recruiting via social media?

March 20, 2012 | Marianne |

recruiting via social media

Just what are the risks when recruiting via social media? ACAS now estimate that up to 25% of employers use social media as part of their recruitment process to vet job applicants. By taking a closer look at social media as a recruitment tool in general, are you aware of the legal implications for employers?. The … Read More >>

Will plans to introduce no fault dismissals work?

March 19, 2012 | Marianne |

no fault dismissals

In March 2012, the Government announced it was seeking views on whether a system of no fault dismissals for businesses with fewer than 10 employees could work. The Government also announced the publication of a “call for evidence” on whether current dismissal procedures are too complicated and burdensome for employers, and whether the process is … Read More >>

Permission to work in the UK?

February 21, 2012 | Marianne |

Permission to work in the UK

When recruiting new members of staff it is important for employers to understand which individuals have permission to work in the UK. Who automatically has the right to work in the UK? – British citizens (this does NOT include British Dependent Territories citizens and British Overseas citizens) – Those who have the right of abode … Read More >>

How does workplace mediation work?

February 14, 2012 | Marianne |

workplace mediation

Readers of our blog will recall that the government is currently undertaking a reform of the Employment Tribunal system which will involve looking at workplace mediation as a way to help resolve employee disputes. As part of this process it has been announced that a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks will be set … Read More >>