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

Staff handbooks, and what to include in them

Some staff policies are required by law. Some can be very effective in avoiding legal problems, and, a third category can be very helpful in setting out the standards of behaviour you expect of your staff. We do usually not… Read on

ICO prosecutes employee for stealing company data

We report on a case which provides useful additional ammunition for businesses facing competition from staff leaving with customer lists. Background Recruitment agencies are a frequent battleground for restrictive covenant cases. Agents have a great deal of commercial contacts which… Read on

ACAS publishes new guidance on employment status

Employment status is very much the hot topic in employment law at the moment, and not just amongst employment lawyers. The recent decisions in the Uber, Pimlico Plumbers and CitySprint cases (and Deliveroo which is on the way) have direct… Read on