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Prime Minister offers workers' rights vote pledge in exchange for Brexit deal support

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As we wait to see if there will be a third attempt to get the Withdrawal Agreement through parliament, the government has suggested that MPs would be allowed a vote on whether to adopt future EU legislation on employment rights after Brexit. The proposals...

The mutual benefits of a sabbatical for employees and employers

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For many, the thought of giving up the day job on a temporary basis to pursue other interests – be they personal or professional – can be tempting but often not followed up because of concerns over job security. However, the opportunity to take...

Tackling SAD in the workplace

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Most of us will identify with the dampening effect that dark and dreary winter days can have on our mood. However, for as many as one in three people, this is more than just a temporary feeling and is a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder...

'Good Work Plan' provides blueprint for enforcing workers' rights

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A series of legislative changes have been announced by the government to bolster workers’ rights. The raft of measures, set out in the ‘Good Work Plan’, aim to increase protection for agency employees, those on zero-hours contracts and gig...

Addison Lee drivers have worker status, EAT holds

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Private hire drivers at the company Addison Lee were ‘workers’, a status entitling them to the national minimum wage and paid annual leave, the EAT has confirmed. Despite the fact that neither the drivers in question were contractually obliged to...

Recognising the gender agenda for trans staff

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Trans campaigners are hoping for a simpler path to legal recognition of gender change following the government’s announcement that it is reviewing the process. Elsewhere, the High Court has set an important precedent on the right to respect for...

Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Pimlico Plumbers case

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The Supreme Court, which is of course the UK’s highest court, has dismissed an appeal against an original ruling that a plumber who operated as an independent contractor was entitled to workers’ rights. In Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and anor v Smith...

Employment tribunal fees dropped after Court ruling

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The government recently faced a policy U-turn after the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were ‘inconsistent with access to justice’, and therefore unlawful. The decision has financial as well as legal implications, with potentially up to £32million of repayments to be made to workers intent on getting justice.

Complex wage regulations give employers sleepless nights

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National Minimum Wage Regulations continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging their complexity, saying each case should be considered on its own merits. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have...

Does an employee have the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing?

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There have been a few changes recently that seem to have 'muddied the waters' as far as an employee's rights to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings is concerned. Up until now, the advice from the employment team to businesses who had...

Did the BBC really have no choice but to let Clarkson go?

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Jeremy Clarkson divides opinion like no one else. I for one must confess to being a big fan of Top Gear and the weird dynamic of Clarkson, May and Hammond on a Sunday evening is a national institution and probably the only television show that my kids seem...

Will TUPE changes make life easier?

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New regulations on TUPE came into effect on 31 January 2014 updating the 2006 regulations. Giles Betts looks at what impact these changes will have on the housing sector. TUPE has the reputation of being the bane of an employer's life. It's...