Employment law

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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments

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Government to publish workplace dress code guidance following high heels petition

21 Apr 2017

New guidance on workplace dress codes will be published by the Government, but

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Gig economy: Uber appeal hearing confirmed

20 Apr 2017

Uber has received leave to appeal the decision on the employment status of its drivers to the Employment Appeal Tribunal...

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Headscarf cases: what now for employer dress codes?

20 Apr 2017

Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what...

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In the recent  case involving WhatsAPP  information  was disclosed about a client company to a competitor.

Monitoring employee communications: WhatsApp case raises concerns

19 Apr 2017

A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at...

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Get ready for GDPR: Guidance for employers (webinar)

19 Apr 2017

The General Data Protection Regulation changes how data is processed in the EU, and while it does not come into force until May 2018, employers need to prepare now.

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How to deal with uncertainty around employing EU nationals

19 Apr 2017

Organisations employing EU nationals in the UK must tread carefully on the path to Brexit or face discrimination claims or...

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General election 2017: five things to know about politics in the workplace

19 Apr 2017

Can employers prevent staff from political campaigning at work? Should employees be banned from displaying their political allegiance, for example...

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Still using paper signatures? Time to go digital

18 Apr 2017

PROMOTED | Every step of the employee lifecycle involves documents and signatures, whether you’re signing... Find out more

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Non-guaranteed hours could command higher minimum wage

18 Apr 2017

Companies that want to employ people on zero hours contracts could face a hike in the minimum wage rate, the...

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A case study of  the events following a fatality involving a fork lift truck driver highlights the issues most relevant to HR.

Criminal law and fatalities in the workplace: what HR needs to know

13 Apr 2017

Fatalities in the workplace are a challenge for HR and the stakes are high with the potential for criminal charges,...

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A recent Supreme Court decision clarifies the scope of indirect discrimination law. Photo: Peter MacDiarmid/REX/Shutterstock

Indirect discrimination: a welcome ruling from the Supreme Court

12 Apr 2017

Consultant editor Darren Newman explains the importance of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in two joined indirect discrimination cases.
The...

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Should every weekend be a long weekend?

12 Apr 2017

With spring’s four bank holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. Roisin...

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Spring means only one thing for HR professionals: preparing for a raft of new employment laws. Photo: Matthew Chattle/REX/Shutterstock.

April 2017: nine key employment law changes

10 Apr 2017

Are you up to date with all this month's employment law changes? We round the nine most important legislative...

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Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the RMT union at a protest in November 2016 against Southern Rail's plans to scrap guards on trains. Will new laws prevent strikes like this? Rob Pinney/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

Trade Union Act 2016: employers should be aware of key changes

7 Apr 2017

The Trade Union Act 2016 is now law, but will it prevent strikes like those in recent months by staff...

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