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20 Aug 2018

A Holiday Pay Case for Holiday Time…

Holiday pay can be a tricky subject to tackle for employers. However, the recent case of Flowers and others v East of England Ambulance Trust has provided some welcome clarity. In this case, members of the ambulance crews in the East of England Ambulance Trust had clauses in their contracts relating to non-guaranteed overtime and […]

19 Jul 2018

Settlement Scheme for EU Citizens

It is an unsettling time (no pun intended) for our EU friends and colleagues who have rightly been clamouring for information (as have their employers) on where they will stand after Brexit. At the end of June, the Home Office published its proposed settlement scheme that will become fully implemented on 30th March 2019. They […]

29 Jun 2018

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is he self-employed…?

The uproar over the gig economy workers rolls on following the finding that Mr Smith was in fact a worker engaged by Pimlico Plumbers following a lengthy battle through the courts. You will probably remember that in this case Mr Smith contracted with Pimlico Plumbers as a plumber under the title of an independent contractor. […]

4 Jun 2018

Promotion News!

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Wilder, who joined us in July 2016 from her role as a senior in-house employment lawyer, became a partner at mpm legal on 1 June 2018. During her time with the firm, Sarah has already built a practice that includes household name employer clients, as well as acting […]

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, […]