Deliveroo’s Warne tells Parliament ‘we’ll drop the employment tribunal ban clause’
Feb28

Deliveroo’s Warne tells Parliament ‘we’ll drop the employment tribunal ban clause’

A parliamentary select committee hearing about the gig economy has heard evidence from gig employers Uber, Deliveroo, Hermes and Amazon, with Deliveroo managing director Dan Warne attending on behalf of the company. The committee wanted to consider whether gig employees should be entitled to pensions auto-enrolment, holiday, the minimum wage and sick pay, among other issues. MP’s raised the issue of a controversial clause in...

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Ayr based law firm raises £6000 for local vasculitis charity.
Feb24

Ayr based law firm raises £6000 for local vasculitis charity.

Staff at the Ayr branch of solicitors Digby Brown have raised a staggering £6000 for The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, a local vasculitis charity based in Kilmarnock. Digby Brown nominated LCTF as their local charity of the year and throughout 2016 raised funds by organising a regular dress-down Friday, hamper prize draws, and bake sales. The Digby Brown team also ran the Vasculitis Awareness 5k in June at Dean Castle Country...

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Law Firm Bond Dickinson wins National Apprenticeship Award
Feb24

Law Firm Bond Dickinson wins National Apprenticeship Award

  National law firm Bond Dickinson has won the Newcomer Large Employer of the Year award at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards showcase the very best apprenticeship employers and apprentices in the UK and recognise excellence in businesses growing their own talent through apprenticeships schemes. Bond Dickinson was amongst the first law firms to make legal...

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Little known redundancy blunder trips ex Sports Direct boss
Feb23

Little known redundancy blunder trips ex Sports Direct boss

Guest blog by Ranjit Dhindsa, head of Fieldfisher’s employment law team In what appears to be a fatal case of taking one’s eye off the ball, the former CEO of retail giant Sports Direct is facing impending prosecution for an offence involving notification of redundancies. Later this year, Dave Forsey, who severed his relationship with owner Mike Ashley in 2016, will be charged with failing to notify the Department of...

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Shepherd and Wedderburn publish third edition of European Employment Law Guide
Feb15

Shepherd and Wedderburn publish third edition of European Employment Law Guide

The employment team at Shepherd and Wedderburn has collaborated with a number of leading law firms across Europe to produce the European Employment Law Update for 2017. Aimed at companies with a pan-European presence, this guide provides an overview of the key reforms being introduced to European employment law over the next year, including areas such as seconding employees, increased protections for whistleblowers, and legislation...

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If we strive to be truly diverse employers, why are we still so afraid of disabled employees?
Feb15

If we strive to be truly diverse employers, why are we still so afraid of disabled employees?

Guest blog by Michelle Chance, Partner and Head of the London Employment Practice at national law firm Bond Dickinson LLP Government Consultation on Work, Health and Disability Green Paper I was delighted to participate in the Government’s Consultation on its Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability recently. A number of important action points for employers came out of our discussion, but, in my view, the Government needs to...

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Why work related driving can be an HR headache
Feb14

Why work related driving can be an HR headache

Guest blog by Andy Shettle, Chief Product Officer, Software Europe Businesses need to take duty of care seriously Driving is considered to be one of the most dangerous activities for employees to undertake for work purposes. Out of the high number of fatal road casualties occurring in Great Britain every year, between 600-750 incidents are people or vehicles in work-related crashes.   What is duty of care? Under the Health &...

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As MoJ’s tribunals database goes live online, HR professionals raise concerns over potential ‘misuse’
Feb10

As MoJ’s tribunals database goes live online, HR professionals raise concerns over potential ‘misuse’

This week has seen the launch of a new online database that enables people to find any decision on employment tribunal cases in England, Wales and Scotland. All future employment tribunal decisions will be uploaded to the government website with some older judgments from 2016 already available. The new database allows anyone to access first instance decisions. Previously, anyone wanting to browse employment tribunal judgments had to...

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Another court decision finds a ‘self employed’ worker entitled to working rights
Feb10

Another court decision finds a ‘self employed’ worker entitled to working rights

In the latest round of prominent rulings on freelance employment, Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers has won his legal battle for working rights. The case hinged on whether Mr Smith was a genuine self-employed contractor or a worker for the company.  He was VAT-registered, and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers for six years.  His contract required him to work 40 hours over 5 days....

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‘Zero Tolerance’ pledge but no firm action on maternity discrimination
Feb02

‘Zero Tolerance’ pledge but no firm action on maternity discrimination

Responding to the Women and Equalities Committee’s August report on workplace pregnancy, Business minister Margot James has announced the Government intends to discuss new proposals to give pregnant and new mothers greater protection from workplace discrimination. Ms James said: “We are determined to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination and a key part of that is making sure new and expectant mothers are supported...

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As Ministry of Justice hails success of Tribunal Fees, Law Society Gazette cries ‘Spin’!
Feb01

As Ministry of Justice hails success of Tribunal Fees, Law Society Gazette cries ‘Spin’!

The long awaited Government review into tribunal fees was published yesterday, claiming that ‘the introduction of tribunal fees has dramatically changed how workplace disputes are resolved’ and that 92,000 people bought forward workplace disputes last year – the highest number since employment tribunal fees were introduced. Record number of people resolved disputes through tribunals or conciliation Since fees were...

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Tackle modern slavery head on or face threat to brand and reputation
Feb01

Tackle modern slavery head on or face threat to brand and reputation

Guest blog by Partner Ewen Macgregor and Managing Associate Anna Hart from national law firm Bond Dickinson LLP The recent case of two Polish brothers who were convicted of trafficking people from their home country to work in the United Kingdom has again highlighted the issues for all businesses in ensuring that they have a robust and transparent approach to addressing the issues that modern slavery presents. Background In the run up...

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Employers warned ‘unreasonable’ redundancy consultation procedures could be grounds for unfair dismissal
Jan31

Employers warned ‘unreasonable’ redundancy consultation procedures could be grounds for unfair dismissal

Guest blog by Louise Lawrence, senior associate, Winckworth Sherwood Although the prospect of unemployment can seem inevitable after the words ‘at risk’ are mentioned, the law provides protection to ensure employees with at least two years’ service are not dismissed unfairly. An employer must show that redundancy was the real reason for the dismissal and, in reaching that conclusion, it followed a procedure which was reasonable. A...

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The importance of getting the minimum wage right
Jan24

The importance of getting the minimum wage right

Guest blog by Alan Price, HR Director, Peninsula In recent months, the headlines have been full of stories about the minimum wage. The latest story reports that British-based factory workers producing garments for a string of top fashion brands are being paid less than half the legal minimum wage, a new undercover film claims.  Textile firms making products for fashion retailers such as River Island, New Look, Boohoo and Missguided...

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London lawyers’ salaries highlight massive pay gaps in the UK
Jan18

London lawyers’ salaries highlight massive pay gaps in the UK

London might still be the best place in the UK to practice as a lawyer, with exceptionally high salaries and impressive annual pay rises that overshadow the rest of the country. BCL Legal Recruitment has recently released their internal data, which highlights the vast differences between London and other regions, as well as the salaries most lawyers can expect to earn during different stages of their career. The data shows that newly...

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