Latest News about Employment Law

Going on holiday is the highlight of the year for many. Time to rest and relax, travel to get some guaranteed sunshine, perhaps visit family overseas. It’s not always plain sailing though.
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
With the long summer break coming up for sixth form and university students, and for those who have recently graduated, the competitive nature of the job market will mean many are looking for internships that will give them a competitive edge in the job market. Many see internships as a great way for young people to gain vital work experience and a greater of understanding of a sector.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
The Government Equalities Office has recently released guidance on dress codes in the workplace, intended to address the information gap between existing legislation, which prohibits discriminatory dress codes at work, and the understanding of that legislation.
 
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
The long-awaited decision of the Supreme Court has been delivered in the Pimlico Plumbers case, following the hearing back in February 2018. Although the decision is very much focussed on the facts of this case, the decision may well be seen by top Employment Solicitors as another significant nail in the coffin of the ‘gig economy’ as it currently operates.
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Make sure you have the correct visa stamp to satisfy right to work checks

As the Government issue figures indicating that penalties for employing illegal workers in the UK hit nearly £12 million in the last quarter of 2017, our immigration solicitors and UK Employment Lawyers look at right to work checks and how to get them right to avoid falling foul of the rules and facing similar penalties.

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018

Summer really seems to be here – heralding, among other traditional summer pursuits, several major sporting fixtures.  The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on 16th June; Tennis stars take to the grass courts of Wimbledon on 2nd July; the Tour de France starts pedalling on 7th July and the British Open Golf championships tee off on 19th July.

Friday, 08 June, 2018

The practice of ‘offshoring’ – of moving work from one country to another, usually with the aim of reducing costs, is something that most of the best Employment Lawyers will have dealt with at some time or other. We are all familiar with the concept – mostly through experiences with call centres, but in many cases it is not just customer facing roles that experience offshoring.

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018

With the publicity generated by the high profile #MeToo campaign, the exposure of sexual harassment within the Houses of Parliament and other prominent workplaces across the world, it seems very appropriate that the Equality and Human Rights Commission should have recently published a report into sexual harassment in the workplace in the UK. 

Tuesday, 05 June, 2018

Today marks the highly anticipated release of Corporate Insiders 2018 Business Excellence Awards winners guide.   

The Corporate insider Business Excellence Awards recognise businesses that are leading the pack in terms of innovation and growth, those that are setting the standard by which other companies should look to follow in order to make respective strides and transform their industries.

Arianna Smith, Head of Corporate Awards is simply elated with the stature of this year’s winners. Commenting on the vigorous level of competition this year, Arianna said: 

 

Friday, 01 June, 2018

At the beginning of April 2018, HMRC announced changes to the taxation of termination payments which may, in some circumstances, have a significant impact on the value of those payments. Rather than allowing an employer to make a tax free payment, the new rules effectively introduce a Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON) clause into all contracts of Employment.

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

A settlement agreement is an agreed document that is often used by employers to terminate an employee’s Employment in a controlled manner. If you find yourself being offered a settlement agreement, you may experience many different emotions. After your initial response has worn off, you need to act swiftly but thoughtfully to make sure you achieve the best result.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been awarded business immigration Law Firm 2018 in Corporate Insider’s annual Business Excellence Awards.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

One of the key issues for the UK economy in recent years has been the rise of the gig economy – and now, its apparent erosion.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Last year, our employment law solicitors in London reported on the scrapping of the Employment Tribunal fees.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018. Every business with Employees, however small, will be affected – and the penalties for non-compliance with the GDPR are significant.  Our team of UK Employment Lawyers has put together a list of 10 things employers need to know about GDPR, along with some action points to help you comply. 

Monday, 14 May, 2018
OTS Solicitors

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce they will be exhibiting at the Great British Business Show at the Excel Centre between 16 & 17 May 2018. Order your FREE tickets here.

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
Personal Injury Claim Dispute

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts”.

Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, 22 January, 2018

Location: City of London offices [Fleet Street/Chancery Lane]

Salary: Competitive and Bonus Package 

Type: Full-time

The firm:

Saturday, 06 January, 2018
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500


OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.


It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Employees walking to show access to justice

Earlier this week, in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, the Supreme Court ruled the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, (the Fees Order), which came into force in 2013, was unlawful and discriminatory.

Monday, 31 July, 2017
Image of justice sword and scales

In breaking news, the Supreme Court has ruled the Employment Tribunal fees imposed by the government in 2013 are unlawful.

The government has stated moves are being made to scrap the fees immediately.

The challenge was brought by trade union organisation, Unison, who argued that the fees, which could reach up to £1,200, prevented many Employees obtaining access to justice.

Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

In accordance with the Asylum and immigration Act 1996, it is the employer’s legal obligation to prevent illegal working in the UK as it is against the law to employ an individual who does not possess the right to work.  Employers are therefore expected to undertake the relevant

Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Latest polls show small businesses are evenly split over whether Britain should stay in the European Union. However, 68% believe that the public will vote to stay in the EU on 23rd June 2016.

Thursday, 02 June, 2016
British Expats in EU

Ever since Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” was published in 1989, British people have been inspired to leave this grey, wet island and start life again on the Continent. Fantasies of rambling cottages brought for a song; fresh markets filled with lush produce and the warm sun caressing one’s skin may not accurately convey the reality of living in France, Italy, Spain or beyond, but that has not stopped 1.26 million Britons making an EU country their home.

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
Brexit for Employers HR Employees

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Nothing damages business confidence like uncertainty.  And the EU In or Out Referendum is making employers understandably nervous.  They want to know the steps to take to secure the residency of talented Employees in the event of Britain leaving the EU and how employment law, much of which derives from Brussels, will be affected.

Saturday, 30 April, 2016

By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

As we move into the second quarter of 2016, most employers will soon start to feel the effects of the employment law changes coming into force throughout the year.  Alongside immigration, employment law has been a big focus for change under this Conservative Government. 

Wednesday, 23 March, 2016

On 26th February 2016, the public services union UNISON was granted leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision regarding a judicial review challenge to the Employment Tribunal Fees introduced in 2013.

Monday, 07 March, 2016

Yesterday morning, David Cameron announced that Muslim women who failed to learn English could be refused Leave to Remain in the UK.

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016
Your boss has the right to monitor your private messages, following a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
 
The Court made the decision following an appeal from a Romanian national, who brought a case against his employer after being fired from his position as an engineer.

Business Email, Personal Correspondence

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Many employers are completely unaware of the responsibility they take on when they recruit workers from outside the EEA.  If you require skilled foreign workers to further grow your business, you need to understand the obligations the Government places on employers, and the evidence you need to provide, (sometimes without warning) to prove compliance.

Sunday, 03 January, 2016

Following on from our recent post entitled, A Step by Step Guide for Employers Wanting to Obtain a Sponsorship Licence, this article contains a step by step guide as to how to actually recruit a worker or workers from outside the EEA.  Although you may have the right to is

Tuesday, 29 December, 2015
Immigration Sponsorship Licence for Employers

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Thursday, 24 December, 2015
Employment Lawyer and Solicitor Updates

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

As 2015 draws to a close, we have taken the liberty of evaluating employment law developments over the course of the year so you can see how they will affect your business, and the steps you may need to take to remain compliant with employment law regulations in 2016.

Monday, 21 December, 2015

- By Teni Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

In a recent article we referred to the United Kingdom’s commitment to attract top talent in a bid to continue to remain as one of the world’s top development and research hubs. Part of this strategy is the Exceptional talent visa that was introduced precisely for purposes of meeting the need of the UK businesses of drawing in outstanding minds into the country’s development and research programs. 

Monday, 14 December, 2015

In this week’s article, we talk to Andrew Smith, Managing Director and founder of Albany Investment. Andrew has recently provided submissions to Professor Sir David Metcalf’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Review of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur Routes.

Wednesday, 09 December, 2015

Earlier this week, David Cameron formally set out his demands for renegotiating the UK's membership of the EU in a letter to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk.

The four key negotiation points are as follows:

Friday, 13 November, 2015
OTS Immigration Solicitors Immigration Advice

For migrants wishing to rent property in the United Kingdom, 2016 will be a pivotal year for change and it is imperative that current and prospective migrants be fully aware of the storm that is coming in the form of Right to Rent checks.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

What is the number one city in the world for high net worth inhabitants?

If you are worth $US30 million or more, the top city to buy property, educate your children and invest your wealth in 2015 is London, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2015.

Ranked the second most economically powerful city in the world, London offers high net worth individual’s exceptional opportunities in investment opportunities, housing, private education, and cultural and leisure activities.

The Importance of Professional Advice

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

A Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa offers the opportunity for successful entrepreneurs to develop a start-up business in the UK whilst enjoying the world-class housing, educational and lifestyle opportunities the country has to offer.

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

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