Category Archives: Employment

TUPE Regulations – what are the changes?

September 20, 2013 | Marianne |

TUPE Regulations

Are you up to date with the changes in TUPE regulations? In November 2011, the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) published a call for evidence, seeking views on the effectiveness of the current TUPE regulations. This was on the basis that it was thought that the regulations “gold-plated” the EU Directive. Following this call … Read More >>

Maternity leave and holidays

September 4, 2013 | Marianne |

Maternity leave and holidays

Do you know your rights regarding maternity rights and holidays?  I am regularly asked this question by both employees and employers. Legislation states that all contractual terms (except pay) survive during both ordinary maternity leave (OML) and additional maternity leave (AML).  Women are therefore entitled to accrue statutory and contractual leave while on maternity leave. … Read More >>

What are zero hours contracts?

August 14, 2013 | Marianne |

what are zero hours contracts

Large employers such as Sports Direct, McDonalds and even Buckingham Palace have recently been “exposed” as using zero hours contracts.  So what are zero hours contracts? What are zero hours contracts? Zero hours contracts are generally contracts of employment between employer and worker with no minimum hours for the worker, and no obligation on the … Read More >>

Introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees

July 30, 2013 | Marianne |

Employment tribunal fees

29 July 2013 marks a dramatic change to employment tribunals (ET) as we have known them, with the introduction of employment tribunal fees. Under these new rules, claimants will be required to pay an upfront fee when submitting their claim to the ET and a further ‘hearing fee’ 21 days before their hearing takes place. … Read More >>

Age Discrimination – it applies to ‘youngsters’ too

June 26, 2013 | Marianne |

Age Discrimination

Individuals in employment are protected against discrimination based on age under the Equality Act 2010. This includes harassment and victimisation and age discrimination can apply to youngsters too. Age harassment occurs when there is unwanted conduct related to age and this conduct has the purpose, or effect, of violating the dignity of the employee, or … Read More >>

Stress in the workplace – the legal implications

June 14, 2013 | Marianne |

stress in the workplace

Most of us have days at work where we feel under pressure because of deadlines. However there are many people whose work and personal lives are adversely affected by the stress in the workplace. Further to a recent blog on workplace stress audits, we take a brief look at the legal implications for employers in … Read More >>

Stress at work – can a stress audit help?

June 5, 2013 | David Craigie The Craigie Partnership |

stress audit

There are at least 3 reasons why we need to take the issue of stress at work seriously and show the importance of a stress audit: 1. The Business Reason: The 2012 CIPD Absence Management Survey identified stress as the top cause for long term absence in manual and non-manual workers.  As absence is estimated … Read More >>

How can Employers Avoid a Constructive Dismissal Claim

May 17, 2013 | Marianne |

constructive dismissal claim

Constructive dismissal has become “sexy” following the highly publicised tribunal decision in the case of Stella English v Amshold Group Limited. Miss English (2010 winner of The Apprentice), brought a claim of constructive dismissal claim against her employer, Lord Sugar’s company, stating that she had no choice but to resign as she had no real … Read More >>

Retirement – essential steps for a smooth transition

May 9, 2013 | Marianne |


With the announcement that football management royalty, Sir Alex Ferguson, will be hanging up his gaffer’s hat and settling down to a life of retired bliss, my thoughts turned to the employment aspects of retirement and how an organisation can support an employee during this period. Unless it can be objectively justified by your organisation, it … Read More >>

Employee shareholder legislation – third time lucky?

April 30, 2013 | Marianne |

Following three re-drafts by the Government, a consensus was finally reached on employee shareholder legislation.  In April 2013, the House of Lords and the Government agreed on wording of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill which introduced a new employment status – employee shareholder. First proposed by the Chancellor George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference last … Read More >>