Employment law


Government puts two-year limit on backdated holiday pay claims

The Government has announced that holiday pay claims made since the recent landmark judgment on overtime will only be able...


Obesity can be considered a disability, ECJ rules

18 Dec 2014

Obesity can be considered a disability within European law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled today.
Ruling on...

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Unison loses fight to overturn tribunal fees

Unison loses fight to overturn tribunal fees but will appeal

17 Dec 2014

Unison has lost its High Court bid to overturn employment tribunal fees. It had applied for a judicial review at...

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There are three bank holidays over Christmas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but four in Scotland. REX/Mito Images

Bank Holidays: five things employers need to know

17 Dec 2014

The UK has eight permanent bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank...

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Age at work

Age at work: How should employers prepare for an ageing workforce?

17 Dec 2014

Profound changes to the demographic of working people are taking place. Employers should not ignore this and must ask themselves...

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Garden leave: Gardening is not obligatory

Garden leave: the employer’s prerogative

16 Dec 2014

Meriel Schindler, head of employment at Withers LLP,  looks at how employers should respond to employee resignations and how to...

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Employment law changes 2015: shared parental leave will see dads taking more time off to care for new babies

Employment law changes 2015: nine things employers need to know

16 Dec 2014

Every year brings with numerous legislative change and, as our annual round up of employment law changes shows, 2015 is no different.

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Employment law: eight cases to look out for in 2015

12 Dec 2014

We round up eight significant employment law decisions expected in 2015, including legal cases pending on collective redundancy consultation and...

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Holiday pay and overtime: unanswered questions after Bear Scotland case

10 Dec 2014

Few employers will have missed the publicity surrounding November's ruling...

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Why “protected conversations” are not always protected

9 Dec 2014

The idea of “protected conversations” is to allow employers to enter into off-the-record conversations with a view to agreeing the...

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Croydon University Hospital, formerly Mayday Hospital. Photo: REX

Tribunal watch: Whistleblowing cardiologist at Croydon Hospital unfairly dismissed

8 Dec 2014

An employment tribunal has held that a leading cardiologist who blew the whistle on safety following a patient’s death at...

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Statutory shared parental pay is set at the same rate as statutory maternity pay

Statutory shared parental pay rate announced

5 Dec 2014

The Government has published details of the rate at which statutory shared parental pay will be paid from April 2015,...

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Employer not negligent for bringing disciplinary proceedings. Photo: REX/David Pearson

Coventry University not negligent for bringing disciplinary proceedings

5 Dec 2014

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, a Court of Appeal decision highlights the need for employers to invest time and...

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Global employers: Ryanair lost an appeal against an €8 million fine for breaching French labour laws. Photo: REX/Gavin Rodgers

Global employers: can an employer choose which country’s laws apply to its employment contracts?

4 Dec 2014

If an employer has operations in more than one country, with employees who are not always based in the same...

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Tribunal case shows flexible working is not just for women

3 Dec 2014

For years HR professionals have told managers not to penalise women who want flexible working arrangements, but have we forgotten...

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