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

Whistleblowers – Meaning of ‘public interest’ clarified

The Court of Appeal in Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed confirms that a complaint by a worker about unlawful conduct committed by the employer which is mostly personally motivated may nevertheless have the protection of the whistleblowing legislation if the… Read on

Sickness whilst on holiday – the current position

One of the most confusing areas of employment law in recent years has concerned the impact of sickness absence on employees’ entitlement to statutory holiday and holiday pay. These issues have been examined at judicial levels from Employment Tribunals to… 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

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

Strikes – the law in 6 nutshells

Here are the basics of this interesting area of law, plus recent proposals for change. Some employees are banned from striking altogether. Armed service personnel, police and prison officers cannot go out on strike, but other public service workers can.… Read on

Trade union blacklists: what are your rights?

How do I find out if my name is on the blacklist? If you suspect that you may have been blacklisted, it may be worth calling the Information Commissioner. They will take your details and check them against the list.… Read on

Trade Union Act 2016: what is it?

On 1 March 2017 the groundbreaking Trade Union Act 2016 came into force. But what are its main provisions? What changes will it entail? Highlights of the new legislation include: 50% ballot participation threshold 40% “important public services” ballot support… Read on