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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Employment tribunal fees: Out-of-time discrimination claim revived

15 Aug 2017

It has been successfully argued before an employment tribunal that a discrimination claim – thrown out during the fees regime...

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Employment status: Pimlico Plumbers case heads to Supreme Court

9 Aug 2017

The Supreme Court has granted Pimlico Plumbers permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that a plumber who...

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Gig economy: Addison Lee courier was worker

3 Aug 2017

An employment tribunal has found that an Addison Lee courier was a worker and not an independent contractor, in the...

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Court victory expands collective consultation rights, claims Unison

2 Aug 2017

A Court of Appeal decision “makes it much harder for employers to ignore staff when making major changes in the...

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Employment tribunal fees unlawful, rules Supreme Court

26 Jul 2017

Employment tribunal fees are unlawful under both UK and EU law because they prevent access to justice, the Supreme Court...

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Sexual orientation discrimination at work: Timeline

6 Jul 2017

In July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. To mark the 50th anniversary...

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Workplace smoking ban 10 years on: Common employer queries

4 Jul 2017

On 1 July 2007, England introduced a ban on smoking in enclosed public places, including most workplaces. Ten years on,...

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Enhancing family-friendly pay: pros and cons for employers

16 Jun 2017

Whether or not to enhance pay during maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental leave is a perennial dilemma for employers....

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Companions at disciplinary hearings: difficult scenarios for HR

6 Jun 2017

On paper, a worker’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing is one of the simplest employment rights there...

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Glasgow City Council claimants win equal pay case

1 Jun 2017

Unions representing thousands of claimants in a long-running equal pay claim against Glasgow City Council have welcomed the latest victory...

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Holiday pay: ambulance workers win overtime claim

31 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that ambulance workers’ compulsory overtime in respect of “shift overruns” should be included in the...

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Social media misconduct: dismissal harsh but fair

17 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee over derogatory comments she made on Facebook about...

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Criminal record checks: filtering system ruled unlawful

5 May 2017

The incoming Government must rethink criminal record disclosure rules after defeat in the Court of Appeal over the process for...

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Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face....

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Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance...

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