Furlough | 6 things confirmed in the government’s updated guidance

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 9 April 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

TUPE transfer revelation | Do the regulations apply to workers as well as employees?

With ‘employment’ literally in the title, it has long been understood that the TUPE regulations exist to protect employees when a company changes hands. However, in a potentially groundbreaking decision, an Employment Tribunal has now ruled that workers fall under the definition of employee for the purposes of TUPE. Get your FREE consultation As a […]

Contractor safety | A 6-step guide for employers

If your business or organisation uses the services of a contractor – a non-employee commissioned to undertake work for you – then both you and the contractor will have duties under health and safety law. Get your FREE consultation It’s important that employers understand these duties and how to meet them, as failing to comply […]

Whistleblowing | The law and best practice for employers

For employers, learning of potential wrongdoing being committed within your organisation can be incredibly unnerving. The law gives certain statutory protections to workers who ‘blow the whistle’, which can make employers feel as though their hands are tied. However, there are a number of requirements that workers must satisfy before they qualify for this protection. […]

Statutory sick pay shake-up | Government considers lowering eligibility threshold

At present, employees must earn the equivalent of 14 hours on minimum wage (£118) to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP). However, this could soon change, as the government is now proposing to lower the eligibility threshold. If agreed upon, this will see statutory sick pay entitlement extended to two million low-paid workers who earn […]

H&S NEWS | Induction Failings Fine after First Day Injury

new starter induction

A distribution company has been fined after inadequate Health & Safety training led to a worker being seriously injured on his first day of work. The court heard that the agency worker was given a “brief” induction at the firm’s depot before starting work the same day as a multi-drop delivery driver. The worker delivered […]

GOOD WORK PLAN | Legislation Announced

New draft legislation strengthening employment rights has now been revealed.  This follows on from the government’s announcement of the Good Work Plan made earlier this week. Ellis Whittam takes a close look at the nature of the changes. Legislation No. 1 The Employment Rights (Employment Particulars and Paid Annual Leave) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 are expected […]

EMPLOYMENT LAW | Shake up Announced

What is garden leave?

Brexit may be dominating MPs time but the government has also been hard at work producing its Good Work Plan. This plan sets out its commitment to introducing a variety of legislative and policy changes affecting employers.  Background In July 2017, the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was published. This government-commissioned review looked at […]

EMPLOYER’S GUIDE | Contracts of Employment

fixed term employment contract

In order to save some money, employers may be tempted to download a free contract of employment or attempt to draft one themselves by copying and pasting from contracts they find online.  This rarely needs well. By cutting the corners, you are exposing yourself to significant risk. In your contracts, you may be making important […]