Changes to pension schemes discriminated against younger members

Two recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions highlight how pension scheme changes can put younger employees at a disadvantage and be discriminatory on the grounds of age.   Background When an employer makes changes to employees’ pension benefits it is… 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

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