Why GDPR & AI could be more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”
Jul21

Why GDPR & AI could be more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”

A new risk analysis paper on GDPR from specialist technology law firm Boyes Turner this week found that promotion by consumer groups of new rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could prove more disruptive to employers than the “TripAdvisor effect”. Post GDPR, control over the future of brands and marketing strategies is likely to shift away from companies and managers towards consumers and employees and according...

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Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears
Jul20

Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears

Despite the Government announcing a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to maternity discrimination back in February, newly released research has found that it is still a massive problem for UK parents and parents-to-be.  The problem is contributing to women feeling unable to take their full maternity leave, with researchers finding: Only 12% of working mothers take a full year’s maternity leave and almost one in five (18%) take...

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Bus Driver’s Claim for Unfair Dismissal sends warning to employers on Gross Misconduct
Jul20

Bus Driver’s Claim for Unfair Dismissal sends warning to employers on Gross Misconduct

Leon Deakin, Partner and Charlotte Farrell, Associate Solicitor of Coffin Mew, explain why a recent decision illustrates the need to take care during gross misconduct hearings. Disciplinary hearings for misconduct should consider whether there is enough evidence to uphold the allegations of the misconduct.  However, where misconduct is deemed to have occurred, a recent case provides a timely reminder for employers that when...

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Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim
Jul17

Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim

An employment tribunal has awarded a woman £50,000 compensation after her former employers accused her of not doing ‘a single day’s work’ while she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Eimear Coghlan, 34, was initially treated with “sympathy and concern” by her boss, Poonam Dhawan-Leach, chief executive of The Hideaways Club in Kensington, however their professional relationship struggled when Ms. Coghlan needed to go for regular...

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So after all the court cases, where do employers stand on holiday pay?
Jul17

So after all the court cases, where do employers stand on holiday pay?

Clare Gilroy-Scott is a Partner in the employment team at Goodman Derrick LLP, the claimant’s legal team in the recent King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd ECJ case.  She explains what recent case law decisions mean for employers in terms of holiday pay. Employment tribunals continue to consider a number of cases concerning the inclusion of overtime, commission and other variable payments in holiday pay, as well as the...

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Trust, Culture and Diversity are key in ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’
Jul17

Trust, Culture and Diversity are key in ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’

Three key themes – trust, culture and diversity – must be the watchwords for businesses with the onset of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, according to a leading employment lawyer. Greg Chambers, associate director in the employment team at Osborne Clarke, was speaking at a seminar in Bristol entitled “The Future of Work in a Smart City.” The event was hosted by Hays Recruitment, held at the city’s Engine Shed and formed part of...

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Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare
Jul13

Over half of working parents spending up to £1,800 a year on unnecessary childcare

More than a quarter will pay up to £800 on holiday clubs alone this Summer 41% unaware of legal right to take unpaid parental leave to care for their children 75% have never used unpaid parental leave 61% think unpaid leave should extend to caring for pets as well as children 57% of working parents could be spending up to £1,800 a year unnecessarily on childcare cover after research found that a staggering 41% are unaware of their...

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Good news for whistleblowers as Court of Appeal provides wide definition of ‘Public interest’
Jul12

Good news for whistleblowers as Court of Appeal provides wide definition of ‘Public interest’

The Court of Appeal has for the first time considered the new ‘public interest’ element of the whistleblowing law, the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA). Public Concern at Work intervened in Chesterton Global Ltd vs Nurmohamed held at the Royal Courts of Justice last week. In a judgment that is good news for whistleblowers, the Court of Appeal has found in favour of the individual making the disclosure, providing a wide...

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Worker rights and the ‘Gig Economy’ – more change to come?
Jul04

Worker rights and the ‘Gig Economy’ – more change to come?

Jonathan Rennie, employment partner at UK law firm TLT, takes a look at rights for workers in the gig economy and how the fallout from this evolving way of working is likely to affect HR Managers. Workers’ rights and the gig economy – a brief overview of the issues Modern employment practices in the UK have come under intense scrutiny in the past year or so. The rise of gig economy employers like Uber and Deliveroo, which place...

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Case law shows the need for caution with ‘funny’ workplace gifts to co-workers
Jun29

Case law shows the need for caution with ‘funny’ workplace gifts to co-workers

Simon Robinson, Employment Law Partner at gunnercooke LLP, discusses a case where a ‘funny mug’ led to an employee being dismissed from work. What is an acceptable workplace gift in a work environment where swearing and offensive remarks are commonplace?  In a recent case, Reed v CF Fertilisers UK Limited, the employment tribunal judge considered “a case about humour at work that has gone wrong”, when the Claimant brought...

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A quarter of new dads are missing out on paternity leave and pay, says TUC
Jun18

A quarter of new dads are missing out on paternity leave and pay, says TUC

As many UK families will be enjoying Father’s Day today, some sobering analysis published today by the TUC found that one in four men who became fathers in 2016 didn’t qualify for paternity leave or pay. In 2016 there were around 625,000 working dads around the UK with a child under one. However, a quarter of them (25%) – more than 157,000 new fathers – did not qualify for the up to two weeks’ statutory paternity leave and...

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What does last week’s election mean for HR and employers?
Jun15

What does last week’s election mean for HR and employers?

Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at leading South East law firm Furley Page explains how last week’s election result is likely to impact on UK employers. As the Conservative Party, propped up with voting support from Northern Ireland’s DUP, press on with the business of government, employers and HR professionals will be wondering what lies ahead and what changes are likely to impact on them. The challenging...

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Recruiters urged to check suppliers in wake of £45m fraud case
Jun15

Recruiters urged to check suppliers in wake of £45m fraud case

6CATS International has warned recruitment agencies to ensure that their suppliers are fully compliant before committing to using their services. The leading global contractor compliance consultancy has urged agency directors to check that all of their suppliers are fully compliant and operating in a completely transparent and legal way. This comes in the wake of a case involving Quality Premier Services (QPS), an umbrella firm which...

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Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused
May31

Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused

Annelise Tracy Phillips, a senior associate in the Employment Law team at Burges Salmon LLP discusses why British Fathers are not taking up shared parental leave and why increasing paid paternity leave is likely to have more uptake. In their Election 2017 manifesto the Liberal Democrats have promised to double paid paternity leave entitlements for working fathers. Labour promises a similar increase in the length of paid paternity...

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More problems for Deliveroo as ‘substitute driver’ scandal hits headlines again
May30

More problems for Deliveroo as ‘substitute driver’ scandal hits headlines again

Gig employer Deliveroo has come under more fire this weekend as a loophole allowing riders to use substitutes means that deliveries could be made by riders who have not completed the company’s strict vetting procedure, and who may not have undergone food hygiene training, putting customers at risk. As self-employed contractors, riders are allowed to take on ‘substitutes’ to do their deliveries – which means that Deliveroo does...

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