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World Cup 2018: Seven points for employers
With the World Cup just around the corner, Head of our Employment Department, Jonathan Dale, recommends that employers check their holiday and flexible working policies, in anticipation of requests from staff to take time off to watch – or even attend – matches. Jonathan has provided a useful seven-point plan to …More
Employment law update: Changes to termination payments
Changes to the way that termination payments are taxed came into force on 6 April 2018, so if you are already negotiating settlements you should be aware that any payments will fall under the new regime. Payments in Lieu of Notice (PILON) Previously, if an employee was paid in lieu …More
Employment law update: religious beliefs and the workplace
You may recall the Northern Irish case of Lee v Ashers Bakery Co Ltd last year where the Supreme Court found that the bakery did not discriminate against Mr Lee by refusing to bake him a cake with a slogan, which supported gay marriage. In Lee, it was found that …More
Employee dismissal: Advice on long term sickness absence
We often advise employers in relation to employees who are on long-term sickness absence. The most common issue that arises is whether the employee’s illness amounts to a disability. But there are sometimes other issues hidden deep within the case that determine the advice that we give. For …More
Case and legal updates: The gig economy and Uber
Staying with the topic of the gig economy, the Court of Appeal has given its widely anticipated judgment in the case of Uber BV v Aslam and others . A quick reminder of the background to this case: Uber presents itself as a software platform (an app) which is used …More
Employment law changes coming up in 2019
In addition to making arrangements for legislation arising out of the Good Work Plan, employers should be thinking about a number of upcoming employment law changes in 2019. Employment Tribunals Most employers may not be aware that the Employment Tribunal has the power to impose a penalty upon employers (in …More
Drug testing at work and unfair dismissal
Many employers now apply drug and alcohol policies to their workforces. Misuse of drugs or alcohol at work can lead a number of serious issues including health and safety, absenteeism and poor performance. However, even where there is an established policy in place, it must still be applied in a …More
The Good Work Plan: How will it impact your business?
The Government has recently published its Good Work Plan which, it says, presents the 'Government's vision for the future of the UK labour market'. The Good Work Plan primarily sets out the Government's response to the Taylor Review, a 2017 report on UK working practices. That report was …More
Sleeping on the job
In a hugely significant decision which will see many employers breathing a huge sigh of relief, the Court of Appeal has held that employees sleeping in at their employers’ premises while ‘on call’ are not entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for their entire shift. Based on the …More
GDPR: A fixed fee service to ensure that your business is compliant
From recent discussions with clients and professional contacts we're aware that, despite major changes to the rules and business practices around data protection now being in place, some businesses are still struggling to get to grips with GDPR and run the very real risk of being handed significant fines …More
World Cup 2018: Seven points for employers
The World Cup's in full swing, but it's not too late to check your holiday and flexible working policies in anticipation of further requests from staff to take time off for matches, says Jonathan Dale, Head of Employment at Andrew Jackson Solicitors Holiday Requests How do you react …More
What will Brexit mean for employment law?
It is unlikely that the UK's decision to leave the EU will dramatically transform UK employment law, although we can expect some changes. What form those changes may take is unknown, as it will depend upon which party is in power following the EU exit. Jonathan Dale, head of …More
Is your business ready for key employment law changes?
To help businesses - large and small - prepare for a number of imminent changes to employment law, our head of employment law, Jonathan Dale, has highlighted five key areas that ought to be on an employer's radar. 1. Living and Minimum Wage From April this year, the Living Wage, which …More
Engaging workers on a self employed basis? Here's what you need to know
A growing number of companies are using self-employed workers to help fill gaps in the workforce and to cover different shift patterns. Whilst these workers offer a great degree of flexibility to suit the needs of the company, it is important not to blur the lines on self-employment. …More