Employment law

The tribunal held that the five-week trip to Sardinia related more to family arrangements, rather than religious beliefs

Religious festivals: no requirement to give employee five weeks off

An employment tribunal found that London Underground was entitled to turn down an employee’s request for five consecutive weeks’ annual...

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Government to impose new contract on junior doctors

11 Feb 2016

The Department of Health will impose a new contract on junior doctors in England, it has been announced.
The decision...

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Councils free to change Sunday trading laws from the autumn

9 Feb 2016

Local authorities and city mayors in England and Wales will from autumn 2016 be given the power to extend Sunday...

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Employee with dyslexia wins case against Starbucks

9 Feb 2016

A Starbucks employee has won a disability discrimination case against the coffee giant, after problems arising from her dyslexia led...

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The levy is designed to help create three million more apprenticeships by 2020

Apprenticeship levy legislation published in draft

8 Feb 2016

The Government has published draft legislation on the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.
The draft confirms that from April 2017,...

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UK employers do not have the green light to spy on staff

Monitoring employee communications: recent ruling no green light to spy on staff

5 Feb 2016

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that an employer had not breached human rights law when monitoring employee communications. However, UK employers would be wrong to see this as a green light to spy on staff. Emma Vennesson and Huw Beverley-Smith advise employers on policy and practice in a sensitive area of employment law.

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HR given key role to improve cyber security

5 Feb 2016

The Government and the CIPD are collaborating in a fresh drive to tackle the threat of cyber security in the...

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Flexible working is not only about work-life balance

4 Feb 2016

The rationale for flexible working usually focuses on work-life balance. Ben Black, director of My Family Care, says more research...

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National minimum wage: sleeping on the job?

3 Feb 2016

There is little clarity on whether employers should pay staff the national minimum wage for overnight shifts and decisions tend...

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Top 10 HR questions January 2016: Gender pay gap reporting

3 Feb 2016

Large employers will soon have a duty to report information on their gender pay gap. With much of the detail...

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When employees' religious beliefs clash with gay customers' rights: five key cases

When employees’ religious beliefs clash with gay customers’ rights: five key cases

3 Feb 2016

This week, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal was expected to hear the high-profile case of a bakery accused of...

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Dismissal of worker who described bosses as “fascist”

29 Jan 2016

An employment tribunal held that an employee on a final warning was fairly dismissed after becoming aggressive during a meeting...

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Five important questions to ask your cloud software provider

28 Jan 2016

According to a recent survey from HR solutions company Sierra-Cedar, 2015 was the year in which Software as a Service...

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Suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave – EAT appeal

26 Jan 2016

Is an employer obliged to continue to provide childcare vouchers during maternity leave? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last week...

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Five reasons why companies lose employment cases

26 Jan 2016

There is often much more to whether companies win or lose employment cases than the pure legal merits of the...

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