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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

What are my rights as a temporary employee?

Many organisations will be taking on temporary, seasonal workers at this time of year and, while many individuals will just be grateful for the opportunity to earn a bit of extra cash, it’s important for employers to ensure that they… Read on

Unfair to dismiss bus driver for failing drugs test

An employment tribunal has ruled that a bus driver was unfairly dismissed when his employer dismissed him for gross misconduct after he failed a drugs test.  There were no indications that the driver had been under the influence of drugs… Read on

High number of interns still unpaid

Recent research has shown that over a quarter of graduates in their first few years in the labour market have taken on unpaid internships.  The Sutton Trust looked into the problem which is seen as restricting access to certain careers… 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

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