The Beecroft Report

On 21st May 2012, the controversial Beecroft Report was published by the UK Government. The report had been commissioned to explore whether any areas of employment law could be simplified in an effort to kick-start the economy and create jobs.… Read on

Major employment law changes 2012

There are a number of changes to employment legislation which come into force in April 2012. We have previously trailed some, and here are the most important: The qualifying period for unfair dismissal for those employed on or after 6th… Read on

April 2011: whats new?

Employment laws generally change at the beginning of October and April each year. Here is a summary of the radical changes for April 2011. Default retirement age The default retirement age of 65 will be abolished. Discrimination Positive discrimination provisions… Read on

First corporate manslaughter prosecution succeeds

A criminal court has found a small company guilty of corporate manslaughter in the first test case of the new offence. The prosecution of Cotswold Geotechnical (Holdings) Ltd under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 will come as… Read on

Plain English Day at Springhouse Solicitors

“I hear what you’re saying,” Ben shot back as he marched into his office, “but the bottom line is at Springhouse we like to think outside the box.” Well, he thought to himself, knitting his brows, it wasn’t rocket science.… 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

You may have to reveal your legal advice

Have you ever wondered whether the advice you are being given may be revealed to a court or your opponent? Particularly if this is from a non-qualified or in-house lawyer? A couple of recent cases show how important it can… Read on

The end of cycle to work schemes and the like?

A recent decision of the European Court has been heralded as the end of salary sacrifice schemes. We don’t think it will be that drastic. What the decision (against AstraZeneca) says, is that businesses cannot reclaim VAT on retail vouchers… Read on

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process through which parties in dispute work with an independent, neutral third person who works with them to identify the issues and assist them in reaching a resolution. Mediation is a confidential process. It is voluntary, so… Read on

What are the Working Time Regulations?

The Working Time regulations are a set of rules that govern how many hours people should work each week, what breaks they are entitled to, and how much holiday they should get. They were introduced as a health and safety… Read on