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Aug
12
2016

Labour leadership candidates battle it out on employment law reform
#Employment

Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith have set out their pledges on employment law reform which we highlight in this blog. ...

Aug
12
2016

Ding dong, the tribunal bells will chime!
#Employment

Employers should take reasonable steps to ensure that sex discrimination and harassment shouldn't occur in the workplace; discrimination claims can carry some hefty penalties. ...

Aug
05
2016

Supreme Court allows settlement agreement to be set aside due to the employee’s fraud despite employer having suspicion of fraud at the time
#Employment

Settlement agreements may be set aside where a party has entered into that agreement based on the other party’s fraudulent misrepresentations, even where there was a suspicion of fraud prior to entering into such an agreement. ...

Aug
05
2016

If you don’t get it right the first time...comply, comply, comply!
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Following Byron Burger's arrests by the Home Office, the chain has been hailed by the Home Office for its full compliance with ‘immigration and asylum law in its employment practices....

Aug
05
2016

Driving Uber to the Tribunal
#Employment

Uber is facing claims from drivers that they are workers rather than self-employed individuals. ...

Jul
29
2016

The Government calls for evidence following concerns that ethnicity is affecting progression in the labour market
#Employment

The department of Business and Innovation Skills has launched a call for evidence which has a number of aims, including to identify potential obstacles BME groups can face in employment. ...

Jul
29
2016

Angela, Theresa, Hillary... who’s next?
#Directors' Duties #Employment

The Government's new review aims to consider how to raise the target of women on the FTSE board of directors. ...

Jul
25
2016

Doomed or dynamic? A choice.
#Employment

Businesses must adapt, not adopt a mindset of doom, in the current times of uncertainty. Human resources must play a crucial role in facilitating adaptation. ...

Jul
22
2016

Dress codes, direct religious discrimination and genuine occupational requirements
#Employment

Employers should continue to treat policies banning employees wearing any visible signs of political, philosophical or religious belief with extreme caution and seek legal advice if they are intending to implement such a ban....

Jul
22
2016

Immigration update: penalties for illegal working
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Employers can now be penalised if they have reasonable cause to believe that an employee does not have the legal right to work in the UK....

Jul
22
2016

Lack of knowledge of employee’s protected disclosures did not prevent a finding of automatic unfair dismissal
#Employment

EAT decides that an employee had been unfairly dismissed even though the manager responsible for the decision had been unaware of her protected disclosures....

Jul
15
2016

Paid annual leave can still be carried over when sickness prevents a worker from taking it
#Employment

Employers must ensure that employees are able to carry forward paid annual leave where sickness has prevented that worker from taking such leave....

Jul
15
2016

Government publishes report on transgender equality
#Employment

Transgender equality will remain a prominent theme for legislative change in the future, with the Government agreeing to keep the matter under review. ...

Jul
11
2016

Collaborators are winners. Is your organisation collaborative?
#Employment

Collaboration is undoubtedly now seen as a critical component of business relationships , through joint ventures, supply chains, and networks. HR can enhance collaboration by building bridges and asking for help. ...

Jul
08
2016

Settlement negotiations under section 111A ERA ruled to be inadmissible in Tribunal proceedings
#Employment

Since 29 July 2013, parties have been able to use s.111A to ensure pre-termination negotiations for unfair dismissal claims are inadmissible in any subsequent Tribunal proceedings....

Jul
08
2016

Ex-employee ordered to delete confidential information stored on personal devices
#Employment

To guard against the risk of confidential data ending up in the wrong hands, employment contracts should clearly set out the employee's obligations on termination. ...

Jul
05
2016

Industrial relations in a post-Brexit Europe
#Employment

Brexit will be negative for UK unions as they will face difficulty in urging legal reforms on a relatively unreceptive UK Government; however union structures and agreements vary a lot around the EU. HR professionals must promote and protect the advantages of UK employment laws and practices....

Jul
01
2016

Brexit and Human Resources
#Employment

HR will feel the brunt of the UK's decision to leave the EU with staff cutbacks, loss of talent, a slowdown in recruitment, and a decrease in employee engagement being among the many issues they will face going forward....

Jul
01
2016

Employment tribunal fees preventing access to justice
#Employment

Employee tribunal fees have had a negative impact on early conciliation between parties with employers having little incentive to settle in circumstances where the Claimant may struggle to pay the fees. It is recommended that fees should be reduced or replaced....

Jul
01
2016

ACAS Code does not apply to SOSR dismissals
#Employment

The Phoenix House Ltd v Stockman & Anor case highlights the difficulty in dismissing fairly for a breakdown in the working relationship. Employers will be expected to follow a fair process for SOSR dismissals....

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