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

Check your employment contracts – the big 4

Are your employment contracts giving you the protection you need? Are they up to speed with the law and modern times? Here are our ‘Big 4’ reasons to check them now. 1. Are they legal? They can be illegal if… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… Read on

Changing Staff Handbook Terms

Can an employer unilaterally change the terms of its contractual staff handbook? No, said the High Court in the case of Sparks and another v Department for Transport. Background Generally, a contract may only be amended in accordance with… Read on

Clause allowing changes to contract effective?

Could school change teacher’s contract, which said it was “subject to variation, depending on the requirements of the school timetable”? Background We have recently reported on two cases where employers have tried to change the terms of their employee’s contracts… Read on

Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on

Apprentices were actually employees

In the recent case of HMRC v. Holmescales Riding Centre 2014, the EAT held that a riding school’s trainees were in reality ordinary employees and not apprentices. Accordingly, the trainees were entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage applicable to… Read on