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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

2019 | Important HR and Employment Law Changes

With 2018, employers had to grapple many changes to HR and Employment Law. This includes the introduction of the GDPR and gender pay reporting, changes to taxation of termination payments and increases to the national minimum wage. So what can employers expect in 2019? It is set to be another busy year for HR and […]

Rewinding 2018 | Employment Law cases

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2018 has seen some important judgments being handed in tribunals and courts. Ellis Whittam runs through five important employment law cases which have had implications for employers. 1. Employment Status In light of the emergence of the gig economy, we have seen a series of decisions made by Employment Tribunals about whether an individual is […]

Supreme Court rules on landmark Gig Economy case

The Supreme Court has delivered its ruling on the long-awaited Pimlico Plumbers case focusing on employment status and the gig economy. This is the first time the UK’s highest court has made a decision on workers’ rights in light of the emergence of the gig economy.  Over the last couple of years, we have seen […]

Artificial intelligence – the workplace of the future?

The workplace has changed substantially in the last decade. We have seen a shift towards embracing flexible working arrangements, an increase in the number of individuals working remotely, more emphasis on policies to allow fathers to take a more active role in the first year of their child’s life and the rise of the gig […]

Pimlico Plumbers case means for employers

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Do you have a locum or a contractor who has been regularly engaged over an extended period of time on a self-employed basis? If so, you should be interested in the case of Pimlico Plumbers, which has been heard by the Supreme Court earlier this month and follows a series of decisions on employment status […]

Government responds to Taylor Review

Plans to strengthen employment law rights have been announced. The government has responded to the Taylor Review published last summer, which took a closer look at modern working practices and the effects of new forms of work on workers’ rights and employers’ obligations. In its ‘Good Work Plan’, the government has accepted some of the […]