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

Enhanced rights for parents of premature babies?

A London Council has become the first employer to offer enhanced leave to parents who have a premature baby. Waltham Forest council is introducing an extra week’s maternity and paternity leave for every week that parents of premature babies spend… Read on

7 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2018

Despite Brexit being likely to take up most of the government’s time, for at least another 12 months, there is plenty set in change in the world of employment law this year which will affect both individuals and organisations. So,… Read on

Ruling on equal pay claims and employer insolvency

What happens to ongoing equal pay claims when employees transfer to a new company after their previous employer has become insolvent? That was the question considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Graysons Restaurants Ltd v… Read on

Pay rise for the lowest paid from April 2018

Don’t spend it all at once but, the national living wage and other rates of the national minimum wage are set to go up from April next year! The Chancellor announced the increases in his Autumn Budget last month. For… Read on

Employee travel disruption – how to deal with it

As snow and ice continue to cause disruption across the UK, many organisations will be forced to close but what are employers’ rights and obligations in such circumstances? Do we have to pay employees who can’t get into work? An… 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