Christmas parties at work: what to watch out for

If you are lucky enough to work for an employer which still throws a Christmas party (it’s been reported this year that many are cancelling the annual shindig and making a donation to charity instead), then there are various legal… Read on

Shining a light on mental health and well being at work

The government has published a non-binding framework for large employers to report on disability, mental health and well being in their workplaces. This follows a recommendation made by an earlier review into mental health in the workplace (the Stevenson/Farmer review).… Read on

ECJ rules foster parents are not workers

The European Court has ruled that work performed by foster parents under contracts with a pubic authority does not fall within the scope of the Working Time Directive (WTD). Consequently, foster parents are not entitled to paid rest periods or… Read on

Addison Lee drivers were workers entitled to NMW and paid holidays

In another important ruling regarding employment status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that drivers employed by Addison Lee were not self-employed (as their contracts stated) but, were actually workers providing personal service. The tribunal was… Read on

Is my employer’s performance management procedure fair?

Performance management is important in all organisations. Employers may use performance management systems in different ways and for a variety of reasons. This can be an emotive area where staff feel they are being criticised personally and awkward for managers… Read on

Can employers still set a retirement age?

One of our partners, Katy Meves, was recently asked to answer this questions for the member publication for ICAEW chartered accountants, Economia.  But, whether an employer can set a retirement age for its staff and essentially force people to retire… Read on

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