Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

Employment Rights: What Now For Uber?

In a long-awaited judgment, an employment tribunal has agreed with two drivers from Uber. The app based taxi company works with more than 40,000 drivers in the UK. The tribunal has concluded that their drivers should now be classed as ‘workers’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996. During the case the tribunal… Read more »

Sick Notes: A Terrible Case Of Chronic Exaggeration

Have you ever been suspicious of an absent employee? But on their return to work they present you with a seemingly valid doctor’s note? You’re not alone. Recent advances in editing software now make it easier for fraudulent documents to be created. Legal health experts are warning employers to stay vigilant of fake sick notes…. Read more »

Can Pension Benefits Be Included In Settlement Agreements?

The Pensions Ombudsman (PO) recently made a decision, during an appeal, on a settlement agreement that included pension benefits. The agreement promised to increase a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) member’s pension and to allow payment of full pension in the future from the member’s 55th birthday. In this case, an appeal was made by an… Read more »

Pregnancy And Maternity Discrimination

As MPs demand urgent government action to tackle a ‘shocking and unacceptable’ rise in pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace, I consider the issues facing both employees and employers when managing the combination of motherhood and working life. Is more legislation the only answer? My twin gave birth to her first baby seven months… Read more »

Your Guide To The Apprenticeship Levy

From April 2017 major changes will be introduced to the way in which the government funds apprenticeships. These changes will be known as the apprenticeship levy. Some employers will now be required to contribute and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training. This will be especially relevant to organisations that have a… Read more »

Should Employees Be Able To Self Certify Sickness Absence For Two Weeks?

According to research from accountancy firm PwC sick days are costing UK employers about £29 billion a year. Sick leave accounts for nearly 90% of absence bills with other types of leave, e.g. compassionate leave and dependants leave, taking up the other 10%. Currently employees who are off sick from work can ‘self certify’ for… Read more »

Is There Discrimination At The BBC?

It has been reported recently that the BBC are advertising vacancies setting out specific requirements on the ethnicity of applicants. Allegedly two white applicants have been turned down for a 12 month trainee role as junior scriptwriters because the BBC wanted people from “ethnic minority backgrounds”. The BBC stated it was to address an “under-representation… Read more »

How Has EU Membership Shaped UK Employment Law?

Since the passage of the European Communities Act 1972, UK courts and tribunals must interpret national law in accordance with European law. As the EU membership debate rages on, we’ve set out eight of the key European cases that have had a major impact on UK employment law. No cap on discrimination compensation Marshall v… Read more »