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Employee prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining customer details

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has reported the prosecution of an employee in relation to the unlawful obtaining of personal data. The case concerned an employee who emailed himself details of 957 clients of his employer...

The National Living Wage: cause for celebration?

Phil Cookson
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There has been much publicity about the introduction of the National Living Wage (“NLW”) which came into force on 1 st April 2016.  The basic premise, a minimum hourly rate of pay for those who are aged 25 and over set at £7.20 per...

Zero hours contracts: what’s the answer?

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Employers say they are essential and should remain.  Workers’ organisations say they are harmful and should be banned.  Zero hours contracts have, in recent times, attracted a lot of media attention and the debate as to whether they should...

Holiday Pay Latest Development

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There has been focus on the calculation of holiday pay by employers since the decision of the Employment Tribunal in the case of Bear Scotland which dealt with the issue of overtime when calculating holiday pay. The latest case on the topic, British...

Disabilities and reasonable adjustments

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The Starbucks decision is a reminder to employers to deal with disabilities and consider reasonable adjustments. An Employment Tribunal has upheld claims of disability discrimination brought by an employee against Starbucks.  The case involved an...

Government publishes Apprenticeship Levy details

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The Government has published draft legislation on the Apprenticeship Levy, which will be introduced from April 2017. The draft legislation confirms that from April 2017, employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3m will have to pay a levy...

Employers can monitor private messages

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A judgement in the European Court of Human Rights ( ECHR ) this week  has ruled that employers can justify reading workers’ private online messages. The decision is binding in the UK as it has ratified the European Convention on Human Rights. ...

What to look out for in 2016

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With 2016 well under way it's a good time to take a look at what is coming up in terms of employment law.  Our Employment team has summarised the main highlights below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Zero hours...

Working Time, meetings and the eleven hour break

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A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal has widened the scope of what activities will be classed as ‘working time’ in relation to the Working Time Directive, particularly in relation to those employees who participate in trade union...

Fit for Work Service - fit for purpose?

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We recently highlighted the key facts in relation to the Government’s new Fit for Work Service which is designed to assist employees return to work from long term sickness absence.  Dealing with sickness absence can be difficult for any...

When working time is travel time

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Following the earlier Advocate General’s opinion, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that where a worker has no fixed place of work, the time spent travelling to their first appointment and back home from their last does, indeed, count as...

Fit For Work service launched

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The Fit For Work (FFW) service has just been launched.  Aimed at helping employees back to work, this Government backed scheme aims to use occupational health professionals as part of the process of assessing employees who have been off work for more...

Dismissing an employee

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Why is it important to follow the law when dismissing an employee? Dismissing an employee for a reason other than one allowed by law, without following the correct procedure or giving adequate notice, may lead to a claim for unfair or wrongful...

Disciplinary procedures - misconduct or poor performance

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Although each case is different, there are some key issues a business should consider when conducting a disciplinary procedure connected with misconduct or poor performance. The Acas Code of Practice (Acas Code) was introduced in 2009 to replace the...

A-Z of employment law now on web site

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We’ve just uploaded our a-z of employment law onto the web site.  This was originally sent to recipients of our popular employment e-briefing service, but we’ve now made it available in one easy to find place, under the employment section of...

End of exclusivity in zero hours contracts

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Today sees the introduction of legislation which prevents employers from using exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. T he changes mean that any clauses in such contracts which required employees to work exclusively for one employer are no longer...

Collective redundancy decision

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The European Court of Justice has just handed down its judgment in the Woolworths case which looked at whether an ‘establishment’ in terms of redundancy consultations consisted of one location or the employer as a whole. The Court has held...

Cyber security

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This briefing highlights some of the key issues that a business currently needs to understand about cyber security. This rapidly evolving field is increasingly attracting regulatory attention, resulting in a series of new laws. What is a cyber attack? A...

Disability Discrimination - reasonable adjustments

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What are the penalties for failing to comply with disability discrimination laws? Discrimination legislation imposes a duty on businesses to make reasonable adjustments to premises or working practices where a disabled job applicant or employee is placed...

Fit for Work service

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The Fit for Work service (FFW) will be introduced on a phased basis and is due to be completed by May 2015. The FFW provides: Free health and work advice through its website and telephone advice line to help with absence prevention. Free referral...

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