Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

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 »

Are You Ready For Gender Pay Gap Reporting?

What is the Gender Pay Gap? The gender pay gap is the average difference in hourly pay between men and women. Typically, firms with a high number of men in senior roles, with more women occupying junior roles, will have a larger gender pay gap. You often hear people referring to equal pay, however, this is different as it… Read more »

Apprenticeships: What Should Employers Be Considering In 2017?

Is your business ready for the Apprenticeship Levy? From April 2017, both public and private sector employers* who have an employee payroll of more than £3million will be required to pay a levy of 0.5% on the payroll bill (less an allowance of £15,000). This will be paid to HMRC through PAYE and will be… Read more »

The Gig Economy

Have you heard of the Gig Economy? It is a term used to describe an economy where independent workers make a living from short term employment contracts with organisations. The rise of the Gig Economy According to financial software company, Intuit, 40% of American workers will be independent contractors by 2020[1]. This trend will likely… Read more »