Latest News about Employment Law For Employers

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

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

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
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
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

- 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

A Guide for Employers

Wednesday, 16 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

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

In this section of our website we would like to introduce you to who we are, what this section of our website aims to provide, and how it will benefit you, your organisation, and the legal community as a whole.

Monday, 26 May, 2014