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How will the 2015 General Election affect employment law?

In the run up to the 2015 General Election on Thursday 7 May, we take a look at the main political parties and some of their plans in relation to employment law should they come to power. Only time...

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With the election over, what next for zero hours contracts?

We look at the Hospitality sector to find out… Figures published earlier in the year by the Office for National Statistics showed that 53% of employers in the “accommodation and food” sector made use...

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Section 21 Notices and the dreaded Deregulation Act 2015

For private residential landlords the ironically named Deregulation Act 2015 is about to make life - in particular the Section 21 Notice procedure – a little bit more complicated. As any landlord will...

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Indirect Discrimination and protected characteristics

A recent decision in the European Court of Justice (CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria C-83/14, 16 July 2015) is going to have an important impact on how employers view indirect discrimination as a claim may...

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Travel time is “working time” (for some)

In an interesting development for those who have no fixed or regular place of work, the European Court of Justice recently ruled that the time spent travelling between their home and the premises of...

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Does the increased National Living Wage just mean more expensive coffee?

This week the BBC reported that Whitbread, the owners of The Premier Inn and Costa Coffee (amongst other things), may increase some prices to counter the cost of the National Living Wage (see:...

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Consumer Rights Act 2015

From 1st October 2015 the new Consumer Rights Act 2015 aims to make consumer rights clearer. Covering everything from the sale of goods, services, digital content and more, the intent is to require...

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How can employers monitor email and internet use?

Improper use of email and the internet by employees can lead to issues ranging from job performance problems, damage to business reputation, loss of business and all manner of other offences. It is...

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The National Insurance Fund – How to recover money owed when your employer is...

In addition to a claim against their insolvent employer, ex-employees may consider a claim to the National Insurance Fund to recover certain sums of money owed. In summary: Claim Details Salary arrears...

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Alleged misconduct – the role of HR in a disciplinary procedure

For a conduct dismissal to be fair an employer must (at the time of dismissal): Believe the employee to be guilty of misconduct; Have reasonable grounds for believing the employee was guilty of that...

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