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

Gov’t review of Tribunal fees published

The government has finally published its report on Employment Tribunal fees. Many employment law solicitors and advisers believe it is disappointing in its terms. Despite the massive drop in Tribunal claims that (60%-70%) they government states that the objectives of… Read on

Autumn Statement 2016: employment changes

Phillip Hammond’s autumn statement has announced several important changes in the employment law sphere. Employee shareholders The government has announced a dramatic roll-back from its much heralded employer shareholder scheme of 2013. They say the reason for this is that… Read on

Summary of the Brexit Judgment on Art. 50

We summarise the High Court’s momentous decision in R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, historically one of the UK’s most significant constitutional cases. Background This claim was brought by 2 individuals in order to establish… Read on

Gov’t Paper: Brexit and Employment Law

The government has published a very brief guide entitled ‘Brexit: Employment Law’. Essentially, this paper makes no further remarks in addition to those we made in our recent blog post. The paper does make it clear what the government’s position… Read on

New illegal working offence

A new criminal offence of having “reasonable cause to believe” that an employee does not have the correct immigration status came into force today. The new offence – under s.34 Immigration Act 2016 – is in addition to the exiting… Read on

Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… Read on

“Brexit” – implications for employment law

With the IN/OUT referendum looming, the possibility of a “Brexit” is more present than ever. What would the implications of a “Brexit” be for UK employment law? EU law pervades practically every area of UK employment law. It could potentially… Read on

Limits on Tribunal awards

On 6 April 2016 the amount of many Tribunal awards will be increased. New maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £78,962 (was £78,335). Maximum limit on a week’s pay: £479 (was £475). Maximum basic award: £5,853 (was £5,807).    … Read on