Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

Analysis: tied accommodation and the employment contract

The Court considered the issue of tied accommodation in the recent case of Hertfordshire County Council v Davies. Background Mr Davies moved into a school bungalow owned by Hertfordshire City Council (Council) upon becoming the school caretaker in January 2003.… Read on

How to change employment terms

We have in the past reported on a number of cases where companies were unable to change the terms of their employment contracts. Here we give you a guide to how you can. 1: First check whether your contract gives Read on

ICO prosecutes employee for stealing company data

We report on a case which provides useful additional ammunition for businesses facing competition from staff leaving with customer lists. Background Recruitment agencies are a frequent battleground for restrictive covenant cases. Agents have a great deal of commercial contacts which… Read on

What to watch out for in your new employment contract

So, you have been given a new employment contract. Congratulations! Employment law specialists Springhouse show you what to do with it next. First, consider your negotiating strength Has the contract been given to you before you have handed in your… Read on

What type of contract is right for my business?

This is a question that you need to get right. Putting a contract in place that has the wrong kind of protections can cost a business dearly. Problems will usually creep in because the contract in place is not geared… Read on

What are written particulars of employment?

Written particulars of employment set out the basics of the employment contract. They need to be given to employees within 1 month of joining, and are specified s.1 Employment Rights Act 1996. If this does not happen, an Employment Tribunal… Read on

Springhouse guide to staff handbooks

What exactly are staff handbooks? What needs to be included in them and what doesn’t? What potential pitfalls are there to look out for? We answer all these questions and more in our employment law guide to staff handbooks. Alternatively,… Read on