Zero hours contracts blessing or curse?

Over the summer, zero hours contracts have come into sharp focus with their use being debated by trades unions, government departments and business leaders. So what are they, and are they a good or bad thing? A zero hours contract… Read on

Employee shareholder contracts

From 1st September 2013 employers will be able to offer employee shareholder contracts to new recruits. In return for granting shares to a value of between £2,000 and £50,000, employees who accept this type of contract give up a number… Read on

New type of owner/employment contract announced

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced a new type of employment contract under which employees will be able to give up some of their employment rights in return for shares in the company. The proposal, which is… Read on

Monitoring employee email: how far can you go?

We have recently reported on an important European Court of Human Rights decision (Barbulescu) in which the ECHR held that Mr Barbulescu’s emails should not have formed evidence against him during his dismissal for excessive use of personal messaging during… Read on

NAO issues modern slavery statement

Part of the role of the National Audit Office (NAO) is to hold the government to account with regards to its public spending. They have published a modern slavery statement, which exists in conjunction with The Modern Slavery Act 2015.… Read on

Suspension and constructive dismissal

We report on a case where suspension during an investigation of a disciplinary hearing in fact amounted to constructive dismissal, even though the allegations were grave. Background The High Court has held that the suspension of a teacher amounted to… Read on

Live-in carers & minimum wage: FAQs

My role as a carer requires me to be present at work, but allows me to sleep if I have nothing to do. Am I entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for these hours? Recent case law has… Read on

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

Taylor review – key recommendations

In October 2016, the government commissioned a report by Mathew Taylor (Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts) into how employment practices may need to be revised as a consequence of developments in the labour market and modern business… Read on