In Brief: Employing Reservists

The Ministry of Justice has published a toolkit for employers containing guidance and support on all aspects of employing reservists. This includes: details of rights and responsibilities, and financial assistance for employers and reservists; guidance for line managers on how to manage reservists; managing requests regarding time off for training; and guidance and actions for… Read more »

A Brief Guide to TUPE

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) apply to any size of business and protect the employment rights of employees when their employer changes as a result of the relevant transfer of a business or a part of one. They implement the EC Acquired Rights Directive. The Regulations introduced: a widening of… Read more »

A Guide to the Agency Workers Regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. They apply to those workers who are supplied by a temporary work agency to work temporarily for and under the supervision and direction of a hirer. All temporary agency workers are entitled, from the first day of their assignment, to information on… Read more »

Taking the Opportunity to Network with Neighbours

If you’re following us on Twitter or connected to our LinkedIn, you will know that we take every opportunity possible to attend networking events. To us it’s a valuable opportunity to not only expand on our knowledge within our specialist areas, but also learn from the successes of others and share experiences with professionals and… Read more »

TUPE and the Temporary Cessation of Work

In a complex case (Mustafa and Another v Trek Highways Services Limited and Others), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the Employment Tribunal (ET) erred in law in finding that a temporary cessation of work activities by a subcontractor at the putative date of transfer prevented there being a business transfer or service… Read more »

Employment Law Changes – April 2016

Changes to employment law and practice are normally implemented in either April or October each year in order to make life easier for employers, who must ensure that their policies and procedures are updated accordingly. The main employment law changes introduced this April are as follows: The National Living Wage Employers are reminded that a… Read more »

Employment Tribunals – The Use of Interpreters

Under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), everyone has the right to a fair trial and one of the elements of this concept, referred to as ‘the principle of equality of arms’, is that each party should have the right to present their case in conditions that will not put them… Read more »

Increased Protection for Workers on Zero Hours Contracts

In May 2015, the Government acted to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts by way of the first commencement order made under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. Specifically, Section 153 of the Act inserted a new Section 27A into the Employment Rights Act 1996 that renders unenforceable any provision in a… Read more »

Acas Early Conciliation – Amendments to ET Claims

In recent years, the settlement of disputes of various kinds by voluntary dispute resolution has grown considerably in the UK. That is certainly so in employment cases where, since May 2014, it has been a requirement under the Employment Tribunals Act 1996, unless an exemption applies, for a potential claimant to first notify the Advisory,… Read more »