The duty of good faith – how far can it go?

Could an employer be legally bound by a broad statement that they would make no further changes to their pension scheme, even though this was not written into a contract? Yes, where this leads to a reasonable expectation on the… Read on

Employee shareholders – all you really need to know

Employers can now offer shares to their staff, in exchange for certain legal rights. Employee shareholders will have fewer rights than normal employees. They will not have any rights to redundancy payments or unfair dismissal. They will have no rights… Read on

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

Damages for misleading email about ex-employee

The High Court has decided that an email about an ex-employee, sent six years after he had left, and not given as a reference, could still give rise to a damages claim. The HR Director at the employee’s previous employer,… Read on

Facebook dismissal fair

An Employment Tribunal has recently backed JD Wetherspoons in dismissing an employee, Ms Preece, for posting negative Facebook comments about some customers. This was despite the customers having previously been abusive towards her. Ms Preece had also argued that she… Read on

Arbitration clause cannot stop Tribunal

Law firm Clyde and Co has recently been in the High Court to try to stop an ex-partner from bringing a claim of sex discrimination / pregnancy discrimination because she had agreed to an arbitration clause in her partnership agreement.… Read on

Agency worker not an employee

We are always interested in Court of Appeal decisions. Other than the Supreme Court (which was the House of Lords) this is the highest court in the UK. As a general rule, employment claims will start in the Employment Tribunal… Read on

What is a restrictive covenant?

A restrictive covenant is a term in a contract that prevents you from doing something after your employment has ended such as contacting the customers of your previous employer. Such covenants may be unenforceable unless they go no further than… Read on

What is statutory annual leave?

Statutory annual leave is the legal minimum amount of paid leave that almost all employees and workers (including casual and agency staff) are entitled to. This is currently 28 days. In the UK this usually includes the 8 statutory bank… Read on