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The case for an independent labour standards agency

Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the current system of labour standards enforcement and suggests that the Government could play a...

Proceeding with a disciplinary hearing when companion unavailable

4 Sep 2018

XpertHR’s consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent decision highlighting the potential danger in proceeding with a disciplinary hearing...

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Gig economy drivers on collision course with GDPR

15 Aug 2018

Some of the major names in the development of the gig economy − such as Deliveroo, Pimlico Plumbers and Uber...

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From Uber to Deliveroo via Pimlico: The search for clarity on the gig economy

22 Jun 2018

In recent cases it has become apparent that Uber, City Sprint, Deliveroo and Pimlico Plumbers had each created contracts that purported to ensure that their “partners” – the drivers, cyclists and plumbers – were classed as “self employed”

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What will Pimlico Plumbers appeal mean for employment status?

27 Feb 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers the arguments before the Supreme Court in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith,...

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Springboard injunctions: Case law shows mixed success

21 Sep 2017

Employers often use interim or “springboard” injunctions to protect confidential information after employees decide to leave. But they are not...

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Microchipping workers: What are the moral, practical and legal implications?

22 Aug 2017

Three Square Market, a Wisconsin-based tech company, recently became one of the first in the world to microchip staff. David...

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Shared parental pay: Is refusal to match enhanced maternity pay sex discrimination?

13 Jun 2017

Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was...

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Senior Managers Regime: New rules on references from 7 March

1 Mar 2017

New rules regarding references in the financial services industry come into force on 7 March as part of the Senior...

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Making the most of your gender pay gap report

27 Feb 2017

With the gender pay gap reporting Regulations coming into force in April, it is critical that HR teams can understand...

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Annual appraisals – good, bad or just ugly?

1 Feb 2017

Many companies are moving away from annual appraisals towards monitoring employees’ progress throughout the year. Keely Rushmore offers advice on...

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Mental health at work: look at the causes as well as the cure

1 Feb 2017

Theresa May recently pledged to tackle the stigma around mental health problems with a host of new initiatives. However, HR...

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Could “associate EU citizenship” become a worthwhile employee perk?

13 Jan 2017

The proposal by an MEP that UK nationals could take out “associate EU citizenship” could appeal to UK employers who...

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How to deal with subject access requests

16 Dec 2016

Subject access requests – when an employee asks to see any personal data held on them – can throw legal...

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Taxis and taxes: the wider implications of the Uber decision

8 Nov 2016

Most of the attention focused on the recent Uber decision has focused on the employment law aspects of the case....

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