Latest News about Employment Law For Employees

The concept of philosophical belief is protected by the Equality Act 2010 – and many top employment solicitors will point to the case of Grainger plc v Nicholson as setting out the key principles to be observed when considering an argument of philosophical belief.

Friday, 10 August, 2018

Top employment solicitors are well aware that respecting tribunal rules, including time limits is just as important as the strength of any case before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal is.

Tuesday, 07 August, 2018

Many UK businesses rely on employing migrant workers to be able to survive – and while this is a great strategy, it’s worth having advice from the best Employment lawyer you can find, to make sure you get it right as an employer. 

Friday, 03 August, 2018
Anyone involved in or considering unfair dismissal claims, and, of course, UK employment lawyers, will be aware of the length of service requirement for bringing an unfair dismissal claim. While many potential unfair dismissal claims never get off the ground because the potential claimant does not have the requisite 2 years’ qualifying service, it is particularly frustrating for someone dismissed within mere days of achieving that milestone.
Wednesday, 01 August, 2018

Following the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Pimlico Plumbers case, UK employment lawyers predicted an upsurge in gig economy litigation

Friday, 27 July, 2018

Summary dismissal is one of the most extreme sanctions open to an employer and any UK Employment lawyer would caution the dismissal of an employee without notice unless there is clear evidence of gross misconduct.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

Ever since the EU Referendum that has led the UK down the path of Brexit, and to the point where the UK will leave the European Union, there has been much discussion amongst UK employment lawyers about what this will mean for employment law.

Monday, 23 July, 2018

London employment law solicitors were reminded again last week just how complex the UK’s minimum wage provisions are.

Thursday, 19 July, 2018

The updated EEA regulations come into force on 24th July 2018 and EEA immigration solicitors will be pleased to see that they bring the conditions under which self-employed

Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Most UK employment lawyers will agree that while the idea of constructive dismissal is an attractive one – the reality is very difficult.

Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Calculating holiday pay is one of the more complex aspects of being an employer. Many UK employment lawyers will have advised on the different scenarios that arise – and the question of whether voluntary overtime should be included in the calculation for holiday pay has now been considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Tuesday, 10 July, 2018

Many people ask our Employment claim solicitors how does the Employment Tribunal work, and whether the Employment Tribunal is fair.

Thursday, 05 July, 2018

One of the latest whistleblowing cases to hit the headlines, and one which the best employment lawyers will be keeping a close eye on, is a challenge based on beliefs.  Our UK employment lawyers take a look at the whistleblowing legislation and this case, in which the vegan claimant argues that his philosophical belief in ethical veganism should be protected under the Equality Act.

Thursday, 05 July, 2018

As many of the best employment lawyers in London will confirm, providing a reference for an employee has become something of an onerous task.

Wednesday, 04 July, 2018

As specialist immigration lawyers and UK employment lawyers, we are often asked about right to work checks and related matters, including the consequences of an employee not having the right to work and unfair dismissal.

Friday, 29 June, 2018

Here in the UK we love a bit of sunshine. In London, office workers fill the parks and green spaces taking lunch breaks far more enthusiastically than ever before, topping up tans before heading back to their desks. But what can an employer do if employees take longer than they are supposed to, or take breaks at unscheduled times.

Friday, 29 June, 2018
Many UK employment lawyers will welcome the decision of the Court of Appeal in this disability discrimination case, City of York Council v Grosset, which clarifies section 15 of the Equality Act. The decision looks at whether an employer must ‘know’ that an employee’s behaviour was a consequence of that employee’s disability, and that the disability was therefore in the employer’s mind at the time of the unfavourable treatment that amounts to the act of disability discrimination.
Wednesday, 27 June, 2018
The first Gender Pay Gap reporting period closed at midnight on 4th April 2018. As the deadline closed, with over half those submitting data doing so at the last minute, none of the top UK employment lawyers were expecting to be surprised by the results – anticipating that they would reveal what individual equal pay claims and news stories such as the scandal of the BBC’s own gender pay gap have long suggested.
Friday, 22 June, 2018
Workers’ rights have been in the news recently in connection with the ‘gig economy’ litigation involving Uber, Deliveroo, Pimlico Plumbers, Addison Lee and a host of other businesses whose model is to provide a digital platform to connect service providers – be they a taxi driver, a take away courier or a plumber – with their end customer.
Friday, 22 June, 2018
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
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

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

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

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

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
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
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
Uncle Sam Calling on Tier 1 Tech Talent

- By Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

If you are a promising technology sector professional or Entrepreneur, the thriving UK technology industry wants you to bring your talent to the UK.  Booming Britain is set to become the world’s fourth largest economy and the technology sector is predicted to grow a further 15 percent in 2016. 

Wednesday, 03 February, 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

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

A Guide for Employers

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

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