Employment law

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

Apprenticeship levy legislation published in draft

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

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

A Romanian court recently ruled that an employer had not breached human rights law when monitoring employee communications. However, UK...

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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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Councils will be free to change Sunday trading laws

5 Feb 2016

Local authorities and city mayors in England and Wales will be given the power to extend Sunday trading hours, allowing...

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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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Can an employer lawfully suspend childcare vouchers during maternity leave? Photo: imageBROKER/REX Shutterstock

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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Managing poor performance at work: five common scenarios for HR

26 Jan 2016

Managing poor performance is rarely simple or swift, particularly for those employers with detailed capability procedures in place. Huw Cooke...

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Ten ways disciplinary procedures can go wrong for employers

25 Jan 2016

There is nothing more frustrating for employers than discovering that an employee dismissed for blatant misconduct has an arguable claim...

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TUPE service provision change: lay off does not prevent organised group of employees

22 Jan 2016

Laying off employees before a service provision change does not necessarily...

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