Court of Appeal rules in “slave” domestic worker case

The national minimum wage protects workers in the UK by guaranteeing them a minimum hourly rate. Employees can resign and claim constructive dismissal in response to a serious breach of contract by their employer. So, if an employee is unaware… Read on

Sexual harassment at work: is it really black and white?

Female stars at this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA awards wore black and celebrities at the Grammys donned white roses to show support for the movement against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. But what practical steps can individuals in… Read on

Fixed-term employee wins unfair dismissal claim

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently confirmed that an employee whose fixed-term contract was not renewed was unfairly dismissed. Legally, when an employee’s fixed-term contract is not renewed after it expires, that is a dismissal (section 95(1)(b) of the Employment… Read on

Claim against overseas employees can go to employment tribunal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employment tribunal can hear a case brought by a whistleblower against  colleagues working overseas. Background The so-called “Lawson v Serco” test  is applied by employment tribunals in deciding whether an employee… Read on

Taxation of termination payments: some changes delayed

It was previously announced that the Government intended to start charging employer National Insurance Contributions on termination payments above £30,000 from April this year. However, it has now been confirmed that this change will not take effect until April 2019.… Read on

Enhanced rights for parents of premature babies?

A London Council has become the first employer to offer enhanced leave to parents who have a premature baby. Waltham Forest council is introducing an extra week’s maternity and paternity leave for every week that parents of premature babies spend… Read on

7 crucial employment law changes to look out for in 2018

Despite Brexit being likely to take up most of the government’s time, for at least another 12 months, there is plenty set to change in the world of employment law this year which will affect both individuals and organisations. So,… Read on

Ruling on equal pay claims and employer insolvency

What happens to ongoing equal pay claims when employees transfer to a new company after their previous employer has become insolvent? That was the question considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Graysons Restaurants Ltd v… Read on