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

Why choose a solicitor for your employment documents?

There are many free employment contracts on the internet. Why have a solicitor involved at extra cost? A good question to ask. As a firm of employment law solicitors, when Springhouse speaks to you about your contracts and staff handbooks … Read on

Check your employment contracts – the big 4

Are your employment contracts giving you the protection you need? Are they up to speed with the law and modern times? Here are our ‘Big 4’ reasons to check them now. 1. Are they legal? They can be illegal if… Read on

Gov’t employment status report published

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a report dealing with employment status. This is timely, with the so-called ‘gig economy’ coming increasingly under the spotlight. The report recognises the difficulty employers face deciding whether the… Read on

Study and training rights: what are they?

A legal right to request study or training is given to certain employees. The right only applies to businesses who employee 250 or more people. Furthermore, the training in question needs to relate both to the employee’s own effectiveness, and… Read on

Guide: are your contractors ‘workers’?

The Tribunal decision on Uber drivers will concern everyone who employs freelancers and treats them as genuinely self-employed. How can you tell whether your freelancers are, in fact, workers and therefore entitled to paid holiday, minimum wage etc.? To what… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… Read on

Muslim discriminated against by pay scale?

Did the Prison Service’s pay system indirectly discriminate against Muslim prison chaplains? The Prison Service had only employed Muslim chaplains since 2002, but had employed Christian chaplains for some time before that. This meant that Muslim chaplains were generally lower… Read on

Important new case on penalty clauses

For the last 100 years, anyone drafting a contract has had to beware of including “penalty clauses”, for breaches of contract, because they aren’t enforceable. The most typical example is where a contract party has to pay a big fine… Read on

Zero hours exclusivity ban in place

On 26 May 2015 s.153 Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 was brought into force, making exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts unenforceable. There are, as yet, no anti-avoidance measures in place, but the legislation also gives the Secretary… Read on