Coronavirus | Statutory sick pay (SSP) FAQs

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 11 March 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 […]

General Election 2019 | The parties’ proposals for employment law

With just over two weeks to go until one of the most anticipated General Elections in UK history, both parties’ manifestos are undergoing intense scrutiny – but what pledges are on the table for employment law? Before you cast your vote, here are some of the main policies each side are proposing that stand to […]

Staffing shortages in hospitality | 4 ways to meet demand over the festive period

With estimates from the Office of National Statistics suggesting that Immigration to the UK from the EU is at its lowest level since 2013, hospitality businesses are bracing themselves for the very real possibility of staffing shortages over their busiest period. Get your FREE consultation While the future remains uncertain, according to one study, under […]

The Queen’s Speech 2019 | 3 proposed changes to employment and immigration

Last week, Boris Johnson’s to-do list was presented in a 28-bill Queen’s Speech, with a heavy focus on law and order. The speech, delivered in the Chamber of the House of Lords, detailed the various legislation that the government plans to introduce in the forthcoming Parliamentary session, or carry over from the previous session. Get […]

Worker or self-employed? Court rules out-of-hours GP was wrongly categorised

Determining an individual’s employment status is not always a clear-cut exercise, as a number of factors play a part in whether somebody is a worker, employee or self-employed in the eyes of the law. With each category of worker afforded different legal rights, incorrect categorisation can leave employers exposed to Employment Tribunal claims. Most recently, […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace | Will government recommendations become law?

Last week, an alliance of unions, charities and women’s rights groups initiated a campaign calling for employers to be held legally liable if they fail to protect their staff from sexual harassment at work. As it stands, responsibility for reporting sexual harassment at work lies with the victim, and employers are currently under no legal […]

Hospitality | National Minimum Wage (NMW) rules

When the government names and shames employers who have failed to comply with National Minimum Wage rules, hospitality businesses often appear on the list. In theory, paying the correct National Minimum Wage rate is easy, but there are always areas which bring about confusion. Ellis Whittam’s Employment Law Advisers highlight some of the key points all hospitality […]

SKILLS GAP | Apprentices in manufacturing

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With an ongoing skills gap in the manufacturing industry, we take a look at the issues manufacturers are facing with their workforce, and what the changing demographic of workers means for employers. What’s the situation? The world of manufacturing is changing. With new technologies dominating the scene, a wide range of new technical skills are […]

Court of Appeal ruling on Employment Status

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The Court of Appeal has concluded that Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed contractors. It agreed with the decision made by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) and marks Uber’s third legal defeat on this matter. This is just one of a series of cases that has reached tribunals and courts and challenged employment status over […]