October 2017


Employers should think carefully before suspending employees

Where there are allegations of potential misconduct, employers are often confronted with the decision as to whether to suspend the employee concerned. This decision usually has to be made at an early stage and based upon limited information. From the employee’s perspective, suspension can be extremely detrimental to their career. In my experience, it is… Read more »

July 2017


What next for Employment Tribunal fees?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued its judgment in the case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51. The court unanimously held that the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 was unlawful under common law and EU law because it infringed access to justice, and… Read more »

May 2017


Having that “difficult” conversation at work – “without prejudice” privilege and section 111A ERA 1996 – Part II

Our previous blog explained that under s.111A ERA 1996, employers could have “protected conversations” with employees regarding the termination of employment without the nature or terms of the discussions being referred to within any subsequent unfair dismissal proceedings even if agreement is not reached. These talks can include discussing the termination of employment (by… Read more »

May 2017


New rights, new fights?

We live in topsy-turvy times. Theresa May has announced that the Tories will introduce 11 new workers’ rights if her Government is re-elected. The most eye-catching of these is a proposed new right to take long term leave to care for sick relatives. It seems that, if the Tories win the election, this new right… Read more »

February 2017


With older employees working for longer and creating “intergenerational challenges”, why aren’t there more age discrimination claims?

I was interested to read a recent survey[1], which has revealed that smaller employers increasingly expect that their staff will work beyond the state pension age (SPA). The data shows that, amongst employers with fewer than 250 employees, 20% of firms expect their employees’ average retirement age will rise above age 67 by 2020, when… Read more »

January 2017


Planes, Trains and Automobiles

In one recent week … Transport for London’s tube drivers went on strike, causing the closure of almost all stations in Zone 1; British Airways cabin crew began a 48-hour strike over pay, affecting flights from Heathrow; Southern Rail workers were on strike (again) for (another) three days, affecting thousands of workers travelling to the… Read more »

January 2017


Public sector contractors – important tax changes

For many years, the Government has attempted to put a stop to what it has viewed as widespread non-compliance with tax obligations by workers providing their services to clients through the use of intermediaries (often personal service companies or PSCs). 2017 will see a significant change as it will become the responsibility of the public… Read more »

December 2016


Tis the party season! How to manage the unmanageable

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, Oh what fun for everyone, at the Christmas party, yay! This may be the tune for many employees at this time of year, looking forward to letting their hair down after another year of hard work. Or perhaps they simply want to celebrate the end of 2016…. Read more »

November 2016


Breastfeeding and Work

An increase in retention rates, more flexibility on return dates, higher productivity and loyalty amongst employees (not just among breastfeeding mothers) and reduction of health risks for breastfeeding employees (reduced risk of mastitis for example). These are some of the reported advantages of enabling employees to continue to breastfeed after returning to work. The question for… Read more »

October 2016


Lighten up for Diwali!

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, kicks off later this week. It will be celebrated by millions across the globe, typically over four days of festivities culminating in the Hindu New Year. Celebrations in London already began on Sunday 16th October with thousands having joined in the Diwali festivities in Trafalgar Square. Since 2009, Diwali… Read more »