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2 Oct 2018

Sexual harassment in the workplace

The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has recently published a report to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, since it has become a more prominent issue with an unclear protocol in a majority of workplaces. This report establishes a five point plan. The requirement for employers to put sexual harassment at the top of their […]

27 Sep 2018

Employment Contracts

Employment contracts can be complicated documents to get right; if employers are too vague they can land themselves in a lot of trouble, as in the case of Brown & Anor v Neon Management ltd & Anor. In this case the defendants breached the claimants’ employment contracts by not paying salary increases and discretionary bonuses. […]

25 Sep 2018

Vicious Vicarious Liability

Vicarious liability, an area of the law which all employers dread, has just become more complicated. The recent case of Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants has confirmed that the exclusion of vicarious liability for independent contractors, is no longer a defence for employers. The main issue in this case was whether an employer could […]

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 […]