Election 2017: manifesto promises on employment law

Employment rights have figured strongly in the manifestos of the main three political parties. Somewhat surprisingly, the Conservatives are very much a part of a general consensus that employment rights should be expanded. We outline the various commitments. Conservatives Maintain… Read on

Poor attitude constitutes gross misconduct

We report on a further case sanctioning the dismissal of an employee for poor conduct. Background In April 2017, a judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Read on

Santander’s way around zero hours contracts

As recent articles in the press have reported, Santander has introduced new contracts in an effort to circumvent the new rules limiting the use of zero hours contracts. Zero-hour contracts have been much in the news recently. A relatively recent… Read on

Early conciliation: only 1 allowed

We report on a case where the Claimant started the early conciliation process twice. Although the second early conciliation would have put their claim within the valid timeframe, it did not count. The claim was therefore out of time. Background… Read on

New statutory awards for April 2017

Here are the new financial rates and limits for 2017. A maximum week’s pay is £489 for calculating various awards such as the basic award for unfair dismissal; statutory redundancy pay; failure to consider a request for flexible working and… Read on

April 2017 Employment Legislation Changes.

It’s that time of year again when the Government introduces a range of changes to the law affecting employers. As you get ready for the next financial year here are a number headlines to consider. Apprenticeship Levy – The much… 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

Extending Tribunal time limits

Time limits in Employment Tribunals are extremely tight and we are seeing a number of cases where claimants are the Tribunal for extensions because they have put their complaints in too late. The Tribunal does have the power to extend… Read on

Social media: 5 key employment law tips

Can your business protect itself against comments made on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube? Can you keep an employee’s LinkedIn contacts? Here are the top 5 rules you may not know: 1. Using social media to select during recruitment may give… Read on

Settlement agreements – everything you need to know

Once a departure has been agreed, the aim of a settlement agreement is to give the employer confidence that the employee cannot bring any legal claims against them in the future. The benefit to the employee is that this will… Read on