Online DBS checks go live

The Disclosure and Barring Service has introduced a new online system for basic disclosure certificates. The new system will cost £25, and should provide faster turnaround times for certificates. Multiple disclosure checks still need to be made through a Responsible… Read on

PM reaches out to EU citizens in the UK

As the media continues to focus on the uncertainties of Brexit, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has recently sought to provide some reassurance to EU citizens currently living in the UK. Last month, the PM wrote an open letter to… Read on

Employing foreign workers: when can you dismiss fairly?

An employer who employs a foreign worker often finds themselves caught between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to dismissal. On the one hand they must comply with unfair dismissal law, as they would for any other… 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

Analysis: tied accommodation and the employment contract

The Court considered the issue of tied accommodation in the recent case of Hertfordshire County Council v Davies. Background Mr Davies moved into a school bungalow owned by Hertfordshire City Council (Council) upon becoming the school caretaker in January 2003.… Read on

EU citizens in UK immigration plans – June 2017 position

In the hope that the EU will reciprocate, the UK Government’s current proposal regarding EU citizenship is as follows: EU citizens properly resident before Brexit can apply for residency under the new scheme which will be in place. EU citizens… 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

Guide: how much holiday pay?

How much should you pay your staff when they are on holiday? Should you pay them their basic salary only? Or should you include commission, overtime or bonuses? And how should this be calculated? We explain the ins and outs… Read on