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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How HR can support Muslim employees during Ramadan
May18

How HR can support Muslim employees during Ramadan

In the Arab world, Ramadan brings shortened work hours for most employees but in the UK it’s often business as usual. ELAS employment law consultant Emma O’Leary takes a look at how employers can help support their employees throughout the month: What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar; it is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to learn about discipline and self-restraint. This year...

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Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms
May12

Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms

HR and legal experts from across the UK recently convened at Simmons & Simmons Law firm in London to discuss the issue of gender diversity in the legal sector, almost 100 years since women were introduced to working in law firms. The event was chaired by Jennifer Liston-Smith from My Family Care who hosted the event with legal & compliance consultancy FIDES. A series of high profile, expert speakers shared insight into the...

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How to stop the black dog from becoming the elephant in the room
May11

How to stop the black dog from becoming the elephant in the room

Michelle Chance, Head of Employment Practice at Bond Dickinson LLP shares some positive strategies that can help employers effectively manage mental illness in the workplace. Prince Harry talking openly and publicly about the effect of his mother’s death on his mental health recently has done wonders for dispelling the myth that we need to have a stiff upper lip and it is inappropriate to talk openly about our emotional...

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Landmark Court of Appeal ruling on disclosure of criminal records will help thousands of people put their past behind them
May10

Landmark Court of Appeal ruling on disclosure of criminal records will help thousands of people put their past behind them

The Court of Appeal last week rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision by the High Court in January last year, which ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful. The judgement involves a number of cases that were heard in the Court of Appeal in February this year, including one from Liberty and one from Hodge, Jones & Allen, supported by Just for Kids Law. The court ruled that the...

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Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues
May08

Law firm offers 6 top tips on reasonable adjustments for mental health issues

As part of our series on this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Fflur Jones, Partner and Head of Employment and HR at Darwin Gray, shares her top tips on making reasonable workplace adjustments for workers who have a mental illness.   Mental health issues are becoming an increasingly talked-about topic, but it can be difficult for employers to identify, support and manage employees suffering from mental health problems....

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Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?
May04

Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a woman with Asperger’s syndrome was discriminated against during the notoriously competitive recruitment process for the Government Legal Service (GLS). Terri Brookes, who represented herself, was asked to take a situational judgement test as part of the first stage of her application. She had requested to be allowed to submit short written answers to the questions as the...

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Employers don’t want a post-Brexit bonfire of employment law, say CIPD
May04

Employers don’t want a post-Brexit bonfire of employment law, say CIPD

UK employers do not believe a post-Brexit bonfire of employment law is necessary, according to new research by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and the employment law firm Lewis Silkin. In a survey of more than 500 employers, organisations were asked whether they viewed more than twenty different aspects of employment law as necessary or not. The list included unfair dismissal laws, rated as necessary by...

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International Bar Association calls for law change as pace of emerging AI leaves legal gaps
May04

International Bar Association calls for law change as pace of emerging AI leaves legal gaps

The present wave of automation, driven by artificial intelligence (AI) – the development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence – is creating a gap between current legislation and new laws necessary for an emerging workplace reality, states a report published by the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI). Current legislation may not protect rights of human workers...

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