Latest News about Employment Law For Employers

Understanding whether an employee has resigned or has been dismissed is something that any UK employment lawyer will want to know whether acting for an employer or employee in a case where employment has come to an end. An employee who has been dismissed has the option of bringing a claim for unfair dismissal.

Monday, 24 September, 2018

Many UK employment lawyers welcome the report by the Women and Equalities Committee earlier in 2018 which proposed a number of changes to benefit working families.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Unpicking disability discrimination is a job that even many of the best employment lawyers in London will agree is difficult. Facts can be complex and applying the law to any given situation is rarely straightforward. For many employers too, the obligations under the legislation can feel onerous, with guidance unclear.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Earlier this year, many London employment law solicitors took note of the case of Hincks v Sense Network Ltd. The case is seen by many UK employment lawyers as offering some comfort to employers who write a negative reference – provided they have taken reasonable care to do so.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

The best employment lawyers will often find that identifying an act of direct discrimination is straightforward – but occasionally caution is necessary. Not only is it important to consider what has happened as a matter of fact, but it is also important to scrutinise the motivation of the employer in its treatment of the employee.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Staying in UK after divorce is something that many non-EU citizens are concerned about. It’s a particular worry if something happens to their employment to threaten their retained rights of residence.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Disciplinary hearings and the processes and procedures that surround them are familiar areas of law to most employment claim solicitors – but even the best employment lawyers will accept that there is always something new to learn in this dynamic area of employment law.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Most UK employment lawyers have been closely following the litigation around employment status and the ‘gig’ economy, concerning the true employment status of individuals such as cycle couriers, taxi drivers and delivery

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018

Employment law is always throwing up interesting points for UK employment lawyers to consider – and learn from, and a recent case relating to notice of termination of employment is no exception.

Tuesday, 04 September, 2018

An employer may consider that the only Immigration issues that apply in the workplace are those connected with recruitment and ensuring that all staff have the right to work in the UK. This is, of course, a big issue for all employers, with fines running to thousands of pounds for those who have not followed the right to work checks correctly.

Friday, 24 August, 2018

Constructive dismissal is a concept that can be confusing to some, and it’s always worth consulting top employment solicitors about any given situation where it is possible that an employee has resigned as a consequence of the behaviour of the employer.

Friday, 24 August, 2018

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of employment) Regulations – otherwise known as TUPE – and the TUPE transfer - have been known to strike fear into the heart of many a UK employment lawyer, not to mention those business owners, directors and HR professionals who ha

Thursday, 23 August, 2018
A sad truth that many UK employment lawyers will recognise is that in discrimination claims, the claimant employee may have experienced many, many acts of discrimination, harassment and victimisation before he or she finally brings an Employment Tribunal claim.
Friday, 17 August, 2018

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

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

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

For any UK business, making sure you have the best employment solicitors to work with is a vital part of the role of General Counsel. Employment law is a critical aspect of any company’s operation.

Thursday, 12 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
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

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