A Christian telesales worker has told an employment tribunal that being required to lie to potential customers to make sales was against his beliefs. The tribunal heard how the claimant, who was employed at a telecommunications company, objected to b More...15 May 2013 12:43
The coalition Government has implemented a number of measures that have reduced individual employee rights. The qualifying service to bring an unfair dismissal claim has been increased from one year to two years. From this summer, claimants will al More...10 May 2013 08:52
Private companies that acquire staff from the public sector may still have to honour pre-existing collective agreements, writes Christopher Mordue. Are public-sector workers transferred to private-sector contractors under TUPE still entitled to More...08 May 2013 00:01
A case involving the transfer of a council's agency staff has served as an important reminder to employers of their obligation to provide complete information to the workers' representatives during the consultation process, says solicitor Charles Wynn-E More...06 May 2013 00:01
Solicitor Catharine Cooksley explains how to make sure your company's secrets remain safe. All businesses, regardless of sector or size, will have key employees who are invaluable. Who are yours? Is it the dynamic salesperson with the great relations More...06 May 2013 00:01
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013, making it the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 and opening the door for a number of employment law changes.
The new Act will bring about key changes to employ More...26 April 2013 16:01
The decision by the House of Lords to approve the "shares-for-rights" clause in the Government's Growth and Infrastructure Bill has been criticised by employment law commentators, despite the inclusion of a number of concessions.
The clause, which m More...25 April 2013 15:54
Finally, after twice rejecting the Government's legislation introducing the new employee-shareholder status, the House of Lords voted through the proposals on 24 April 2013. This new employment status could come into force, as intended by the Government More...25 April 2013 15:20
Employment minister Jo Swinson has referred 100 employers accused of flouting national minimum wage legislation - by hiring "free interns" - to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Campaign group Intern Aware, which described unpaid internships as More...15 April 2013 12:22
The Apprentice winner Stella English has lost her high-profile unfair dismissal case against Lord Sugar's Amshold Group.
The 2010 winner of the BBC show had claimed unfair constructive dismissal against Amshold, telling the tribunal she was treate More...12 April 2013 15:54
Consultant editor Darren Newman looks back at the employment law position in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and the legacy left by her Government on the workplace.
When I first began studying employment law, Margaret Thatcher was Prime M More...09 April 2013 11:58
With an increasing number of British adults classed as overweight or obese, the issue of whether or not obesity can be classed as a disability is a thorny issue employment law cannot avoid dealing with, says lawyer Sheila Fahy. When asked last year t More...08 April 2013 13:57
With changes to employment law - including a new maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal - scheduled to come into force this summer, lawyers Christopher Fisher and Katherine Fox look at the likely implications for UK employers. In January, th More...08 April 2013 00:01
The likelihood of a referendum on whether the UK says "au revoir" to the EU has risen since the Prime Minister said there would be one should he lead a majority government in the next Parliament. John Charlton looks at how this might affect employment l More...08 April 2013 00:01
Employment lawyer Felicity Staff explores the legal implications of employing workers under the age of 25. According to a recent survey commissioned by The Prince's Trust that assessed the happiness of 2,136 young people aged between 16 and 25, aro More...18 March 2013 12:00
Lone workers can face risks those in an office environment may not even think about. Walter Brennan explains how to evaluate these and handle them effectively. As with any other form of work, employers are expected to undertake a risk assessment befo More...01 March 2013 00:01
Despite overwhelming opposition, the Government is pressing ahead with the repeal of the third-party harassment provisions in the Equality Act 2010 – a serious blow in the broader context of promoting equal opportunities within the workplace, say employ More...25 February 2013 00:01
Amanda Jones and Alan Delaney look at the decisions in four recent cases of religious discrimination and discuss their potential effects. Judgment in the cases of four Christian employees in January , who all claimed that their employers' practices More...25 February 2013 00:01
The world of business is increasingly reliant on technology. So what can firms do to ensure important information is protected? Solicitor Adam Hartley advises. Confidential information is often one of the most valuable but overlooked assets of a busi More...05 February 2013 14:30
The Government is set to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling that it is a breach of human rights to require people to disclose criminal convictions to certain employers. The ruling could mean jobseekers in England and Wales would not have to disclose More...30 January 2013 10:14