Are you considering the impact work has on your employees’ mental health?
According to research carried out by mental health charity, Mind, a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers, with more than one in five saying they have called in sick to avoid work when feeling stressed, and 42% saying they... [read more...
References: to give or not to give?
As an employer, there is no legal duty to provide a reference for a former or current employee, however, there are certain exceptions. It’s mandatory for an employer to give a reference if: It’s contractual, e.g. it’s included in the employee’s... [read more...
Employment tribunals: are they overwhelmed?
Everyone expected an increase in employment tribunal applications after the Supreme Court case in 2017 ended fees. But what they forgot to factor in was that employment tribunals were already stretched because of funding cuts. The number of applications... [read more...
Non-disclosure agreements: further guidance issued by the Law Society
A new initiative to help the public understand their rights when faced with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) was launched on 15th August, by the Law Society of England and Wales. Guidance for the initiative will be made available directly to the public and... [read more...
Supreme Court rules that restrictive covenant can be made enforceable by removing unreasonable parts
Any clause in an employment contract that seeks to restrict what an employee can do after their contract comes to an end is invalid from the outset for being a restraint of trade. It will only be enforceable if the employer can show that: it has a... [read more...
Shared parental leave: what are your employer rights?
In a recent case, the Court of Appeal ruled that two male claimants did not suffer discrimination when their employers failed to pay enhanced shared parental pay which would have been equivalent to the amount a woman on maternity leave would receive for the... [read more...
How to resolve a workplace dispute using Acas’ Early Conciliation process
What is an Early Conciliation process? Early Conciliation is a process which intends to help resolve workplace disputes without the need to go to an employment tribunal. If you’ve experienced a dispute at work, you’re likely to want to resolve it... [read more...
Maternity leave: do you know what your employment rights are?
A recent case, whereby a woman on maternity leave was sent an important email about redundancy to a work email address that she wasn’t checking regularly, has raised some curiosity around what your rights are whilst on maternity leave. In this blog, our... [read more...
4 employment law changes you need to know about in April 2019
With employment law legislation changing so regularly, it can be difficult for employees and employers alike to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. There have been a number of important legislative changes come into force this month, so our... [read more...
Time to put a limit on ‘gagging’ clauses?
‘Gagging’ clauses, also known as non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), can be found in employment contracts, a separate standalone document and/or in a settlement agreement (often given to an employee when they exit a company). Generally speaking, NDAs... [read more...
Restrictive covenants – are they enforceable?
Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are often included to protect the employer's business by restricting the activities of an employee, generally after the employment has ended. However, the restrictive covenant has to be balanced with the restraint... [read more...
What are employers’ responsibilities when it snows?
We had numerous weather warnings and we knew snow was coming our way, but how many employers planned in advance? It’s likely that managers, heads of departments etc. within companies will have had numerous questions over the past few days over what to... [read more...
Bristol Deliveroo riders to strike for their employment rights
Deliveroo riders in Bristol have announced an all-out strike today (Friday 18 January 2019) from 6pm until Saturday. The company’s couriers will gather in the city centre this evening in a protest against the ‘gig’ economy firm regarding riders’... [read more...
The Mencap sleep-in judgment – a summary
On Friday 13th July, the Court of Appeal gave its judgment in Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake. Overruling the decision of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), Lord Justice Underhill ruled that workers who ‘sleep in’ at or near their place of work are... [read more...
Pimlico: a tiny nail in the coffin of the gig economy?
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled against Pimlico Plumbers in a dispute over whether one of their erstwhile operatives – a Mr Smith – was a ‘worker’. Some commentators are questioning whether this case will have wider ramifications for the gig... [read more...
Workplace ageism – what are your rights?
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work and there are laws to protect you against discrimination on the basis of age. Working into your 60s, 70s and beyond is no longer a rarity, and for many it's a financial necessity. The past 15 years has... [read more...
Workplace harrassment: what are your options?
Recent events in Westminster and Hollywood have shown that, unfortunately, sexual harassment is still alive and kicking in the workplace. Affecting both women and men, the fact that this deplorable behaviour goes on may be news, but it won’t come as a... [read more...
Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees to be unlawful
The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful.... [read more...
Equal pension rights for same-sex couples
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Britain since 2014, but inequality in marriage still hasn’t been completely eliminated. However, there was a big step forward on this front today as the Supreme Court ruled in favour of John Walker, a retired gay man... [read more...
Employment tribunals – will Matthew Taylor’s review help?
Employment and the world of work is a hot topic for public debate at the moment – and today, the talk is all focused on Matthew Taylor’s report into improving working practices, fittingly titled ‘Good Work’. So should we be saying ‘good work’... [read more...
Where next for Bristol’s gig economy?
The government’s U-turn today on national insurance rises announced last week will no doubt go down well with the business community. Much has been made of the impact on self-employed workers and their families, particularly around London. But while... [read more...
Employment law for employers: What’s changing in 2017?
With employment law legislation changing with such regularity, it can be difficult for business owners to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. Let’s be honest, keeping on top of what is new in employment law can be a challenge. But with a number... [read more...
Half of all women have been ‘sexually harassed at work’
Research by the TUC suggests that more than half of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. In most cases, the perpetrator was male, with one in five women (17%) reporting harassment by someone with authority over them.... [read more...
Think your boss can’t read your Facebook messages? Think again
Picture the scene: it’s 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon in January. You’ve finished your report, made all your calls and finally cleared the last of the festive decorations from your desk. What to do in that last hour before the weekend? A glance... [read more...
Goodbye Compromise Agreements; hello Settlement Agreements
'Compromise Agreements' are now known as 'Settlement Agreements', and are used to allow an employer and employee to terminate their employment relationship on agreed terms. What is a Settlement Agreement? Settlement Agreements are commonly used to settle an... [read more...