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

Argos forced to repay £2.4 million in wages

Argos has recently been fined £1.5 million by HMRC, and ordered to repay £2.4 million in wages.  The HMRC found that Argos had wrongly not been paying staff to attend briefings and for security checks. This failure to pay brought… 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

What to watch out for in your new employment contract

So, you have been given a new employment contract. Congratulations! Employment law specialists Springhouse show you what to do with it next. First, consider your negotiating strength Has the contract been given to you before you have handed in your… Read on

What are written particulars of employment?

Written particulars of employment set out the basics of the employment contract. They need to be given to employees within 1 month of joining, and are specified s.1 Employment Rights Act 1996. If this does not happen, an Employment Tribunal… Read on

Pimlico Plumbers: decision explained here

Hot on the heels of the decision in CitySprint that bicycle couriers were ‘workers’ entitled to holiday pay, and the decision in Uber regarding drivers, the Court of Appeal has affirmed in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Mullins… Read on

Gov’t employment status report published

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a report dealing with employment status. This is timely, with the so-called ‘gig economy’ coming increasingly under the spotlight. The report recognises the difficulty employers face deciding whether the… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on