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27 Mar 2018

National Minimum Wage – who pays to look the same?

I might be one of the few people who would think that being asked to come to work in black jeans or a black skirt would be ok as the chances are I have those items in my wardrobe.  But in fact, it is not ok – or at least if you are on the […]

8 Mar 2018

Sarah Wilder, BBC News, The Gender pay gap and Equal pay

International Women’s Day seems like a great day to reflect on some issues that are still more topical than perhaps they should be in 2018 – the gender pay gap and equal pay.  In January, I was lucky enough to spend a great day out of the office at Broadcasting House W1A, so that I […]

15 Dec 2017

From Ibiza to insolvent: Why the latest ECJ ruling could spell trouble for your company

The latest judgement from the Court of Justice of the European Union is a game changer for employers. In a bad way. In the case of King vs The Sash Windows Workshop Limited, the decision was made that Mr King, a “self-employed” employee of 13 years, should have been classified as a “worker”, and therefore […]

1 Dec 2017

What did the 2017 Budget deliver for you?

The 2017 Autumn Budget has landed and on the whole it is great news for individuals. Focusing in on employment (as it’s all we know about!), higher national living and minimum wages across the board will be music to the ears of many employees. Good news also comes from taxation, with the personal allowance raised […]

17 Nov 2017

Why Uber may have crashed the party for the gig economy?

Uber has certainly taken a bit of a bashing recently, but last Friday’s EAT decision in my opinion did not come as that much of surprise.  When the court decided that the employment tribunal’s decision was right and that Uber drivers are classified as “workers” rather than being self-employed, there was a certain amount of […]

26 Oct 2017

Manipulated into dismissing unfairly: who’s at fault?

Not the employers, it would seem, as the Court of Appeal reversed the EAT’s judgement on the recent case of Royal Mail Ltd v Jhuti. Officially, Ms Jhuti was fired for performing poorly, however the dismissal came after she blew the whistle on one of her colleagues to her line manager, a manager who then, […]

2 Oct 2017

What do employers need to pay for shared parental leave?

I’m sorry to say that this report is not going to be overly helpful, which I know is a strange way to start an employment update.  But the intention is to give employers the heads up with the not so uncommon message of “watch this space”.  Sorry about that. An employment tribunal judge recently decided […]

22 Aug 2017

We’re all going on a summer holiday… but what holiday pay should you pay your workers?

The sun may well be shining, but are you doing the right thing by your employees when it comes to holiday pay?  And what about your workers – are they covered? Recent research by Middlesex University has uncovered that 1 in 20 workers do not get statutory holiday pay. Whilst the research focused more so […]

28 Jul 2017

The Taylor review – What does it mean for employers?

The ‘gig’ economy is a phrase that has been increasingly used over the past few years, being characterised by the use of short-term contracts and freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs. This has given employers a great deal of flexibility, but on the other hand leaves employees with little workplace protection. Over the past […]

30 Jun 2017

Whistleblowing in the workplace

The law protects whistle blowers whose employer dismisses them or subjects them to any disadvantage because they have made a protected disclosure. Whistleblowing is effectively reporting any wrongdoing at work that amounts to a breach of a legal obligation. Recently, a junior doctor won a landmark legal victory when it was held that he could […]