Latest case on worker status: Excel Cycle Couriers

We report on the latest case where a major user of so called freelance staff has been caught out. Background Courier companies are currently the focus of attention when it comes to employment/worker status. City Sprint has been decided in… Read on

“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on

April 2017 Employment Legislation Changes.

It’s that time of year again when the Government introduces a range of changes to the law affecting employers. As you get ready for the next financial year here are a number headlines to consider. Apprenticeship Levy – The much… Read on

Guide: how much holiday pay?

How much should you pay your staff when they are on holiday? Should you pay them their basic salary only? Or should you include commission, overtime or bonuses? And how should this be calculated? We explain the ins and outs… Read on

Strikes – the law in 6 nutshells

Here are the basics of this interesting area of law, plus recent proposals for change. Some employees are banned from striking altogether. Armed service personnel, police and prison officers cannot go out on strike, but other public service workers can.… Read on

New Equality Act – 5 essential tips

With the Equality Act 2010 came some important new rules about discrimination. While best practice remained broadly the same as before, and the act meant to streamline the existing law, there were some important changes. These are important, because there… Read on

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

Gender pay gap reporting: what are your obligations?

Gender pay gap reporting obligations have finally arrived. For private sector employers, 5 April 2017 is the first “snapshot” date, against which the pay equality data will need to be provided. So, what exactly are the reporting obligations? Timings The… Read on