Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

Employment Tribunal Claims: Have The Floodgates Opened?

Ever since 26 July 2017, when the Supreme Court held that Employment Tribunal (ET) fees were unlawful and therefore scrapped with immediate effect, employers have been anxiously waiting to see if there would be a considerable increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims being made. The wait is over, and unfortunately the results do… Read more »

A Day In The Life Of A Legal Apprentice: Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly, Legal Apprentice, in our HR team tells us about why he chose a legal apprenticeship and what a typical day is for him. What attracted you to a legal apprenticeship? Many of my friends were going off to university but it just didn’t seem like the right path for me. I didn’t want… Read more »

Person Thought To Be Self-Employed Wins Backdated Holiday Pay

A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) case between Mr King and The Sash Window Workshop has raised eyebrows between employers and raised the issue that if a worker is not provided with paid annual leave, that right will carry over until the worker has chance to take it. This could leave employers open to… Read more »

Removal Of Employment Tribunal Fees

The public sector union, Unison, has won a landmark court victory against the government regarding employment tribunal fees which were introduced back in July 2013. When the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 came into force individuals were required to pay a fee when they lodged their claim at an Employment Tribunal (subject to limited… Read more »

What Does The Future Hold For Workers’ Rights?

Unsurprisingly the recent Queen’s Speech focussed mainly on the issue of Brexit. We were however, given some idea about the changes we can expect to see in relation to workers’ rights. What changes can we expect to see to workers’ rights?  We have set out the key points below: ‘A bill will be introduced to… Read more »

Changes To Data Protection Laws: Get Ready for 2018

In May 2018 changes to data protection laws will be implemented across Europe. These changes will be known as the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and will apply to all organisations handling the data of EU citizens. Despite Brexit, the UK government has indicated that it will implement the GDPR which will apply from… Read more »

Right To Be Accompanied During Disciplinary Proceedings

One question which I often get asked when an employee is under disciplinary proceedings is, can the employee bring whomever they like to a meeting? Employers tend to find this particularly concerning when the employee wants to bring a family member for ‘moral support’. What rights do employees have to be accompanied during disciplinary proceedings?… Read more »

Apprenticeship Reforms: What’s Next For Schools?

It’s no secret that the government has been working with employers to further increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England. The current apprenticeship reforms are designed to focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required for the workforce of the future. They also aim to give the employer more control over… Read more »

Should Holiday Pay Include Commission?

It’s the end of the line for British Gas who have been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in the long running, holiday pay and commission case of Lock v British Gas Trading. What has happened in the Lock v British Gas case? In 2012 Mr Lock issued a claim against British Gas… Read more »

An Employers Guide To Employing An Apprentice

Are you thinking of employing an apprentice? Find out the facts with our guide for employers Employing an apprentice in the right role can create a win-win situation for the business and for the apprentice. The business gains fresh new talent and energy at a reasonable cost, whilst the apprentice gains confidence, skills and experience…. Read more »