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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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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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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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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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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Tribunals accept limits to flexible working after maternity leave

17 Oct 2016

In two recent unsuccessful cases, employment tribunals accepted that there is no absolute obligation on employers to accept new mothers’...

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No age discrimination against “overqualified” job applicant

10 Oct 2016

An employment tribunal has held that an employer that rejected a job candidate for a marketing role for being overqualified...

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Fritz Lang's influential science-fiction film Metropolis, which is set in 2026, envisages a world where mistreated workers toil for the benefit of the privileged few. Everett Collection/REX/Shutterstock.

What will employment tribunals look like in 2026?

27 Sep 2016

Employment tribunals have come a long way since their introduction in 1964 as a low-cost method for enforcing employment rights....

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Modern slavery statements: September deadline looms

21 Sep 2016

The end of September is a key cut-off point for large employers required to publish their first modern slavery statement.

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Writing a modern slavery statement: a guide for employers

21 Sep 2016

Large employers must publish a modern slavery statement for each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016. The...

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Discrimination arising from disability: big payouts by employment tribunals

30 Aug 2016

In a number of recent disability discrimination claims, employment tribunals have found employers guilty of “discrimination arising from disability” under...

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Workplace maternity discrimination: 10 common scenarios in tribunals

23 Aug 2016

The Citizens Advice Bureau reports that it has seen a 58% increase in the number of maternity leave queries in...

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