Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson

About Stephen Simpson

Stephen Simpson is a principal employment law editor at XpertHR. His areas of responsibility include the policies and documents and law reports. After obtaining a law degree and training to be a solicitor, he moved into publishing, initially with Butterworths. He joined XpertHR in its early days in 2001.
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Writing a modern slavery statement: a guide for employers

21 Feb 2017

Large employers with a financial year running from 1 April to 31 March should already be thinking about their modern...

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Religious festivals: five-week holiday rejection not discriminatory

14 Feb 2017

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a tribunal’s rejection of a claim that a Roman Catholic was not discriminated against...

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"Like our plumbing, now our contracts are watertight," said Pimlico Plumbers chief Charlie MullinsAlan Davidson/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock

Court of Appeal: “self-employed” plumber has worker rights

10 Feb 2017

A plumber who signed an agreement with his company suggesting that he was self-employed was in fact entitled to some...

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Valentine’s Day: 10 potential problems with workplace romances

10 Feb 2017

Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...

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Employment and immigration included in Brexit White Paper

2 Feb 2017

The Government’s Brexit White Paper reiterates the importance of providing certainty on the immigration status of EU workers already based...

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The gender pay gap  reporting obligations will apply to a variety of public-sector employers, including police forces. Photo: Simon Webster/REX/Shutterstock.

Public sector gets draft gender pay gap reporting law

20 Jan 2017

The draft Regulations that will require public-sector employers in England to report on their gender pay gap have been published....

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Social media misconduct: fair dismissal over historic tweets

19 Jan 2017

An employment tribunal held that a long-serving employee was fairly dismissed for making derogatory comments about his colleagues and his...

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

13 Jan 2017

With large parts of the UK having experienced heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace...

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Tribunal Watch: Teacher’s dismissal for showing 18-rated film to pupils

9 Jan 2017

Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...

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There is much for the employment law aficionado to be excited about in 2017. Dirk v. Mallinckrodt / imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock.

Employment law cases 2017: seven decisions to look out for

14 Dec 2016

We round up seven significant employment law decisions expected in 2017, with cases pending on employment status, equal pay, whistleblowing,...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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The claimant moved from Jamaica as a child, giving him the "right of abode" (right to live indefinitely) in the UK. Photo: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock.

Fair dismissal for failure to produce evidence of right to work in UK

22 Nov 2016

An employment tribunal held that an employee was fairly dismissed after failing to produce evidence of his right to work...

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Hampers and similar food gifts are big business at Christmas. The company in this case generates one third of its total annual turnover in the eight weeks from mid-September onwards. Food and Drink/REX/Shutterstock.

Fair dismissal for refusal to work Christmas overtime

9 Nov 2016

An employment tribunal held that a food company employee was fairly dismissed after she refused to do overtime in the...

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Employment tribunal decides Uber drivers are workers

28 Oct 2016

Uber drivers are workers and are entitled to receive the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, according to an...

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Premature babies and maternity leave: what’s the legal position?

25 Oct 2016

Mothers of premature babies are campaigning for statutory maternity leave to be extended where mothers give birth early. Stephen Simpson...

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