UK Employment Law
Advice and Guidance for UK Employers
News and Articles on UK Employment Law
As an employer in the UK, here’s information you need to know regarding employment law
Grievances don’t always lead to the result that the employee desires. As such, it is important that you take the right steps after the grievance if it can’t be solved, including in cases of an employee’s resignation. This post gives an overview of what some of this steps may be.
In this post we will look at an employment tribunal case that highlights the need to review the restrictive covenants in the employee’s contract, particularly when they are promoted.
At some point it’s possible that an Employment Tribunal claim will land on your desk. It could be something that you’ve been expecting; alternatively, it could catch you completely off guard. Either way, it’s useful to know what you as an employer need to do if you find yourself in this situation.
Two thirds of employees use their phone for work purposes. In this post, we look at the business implications of using employee-owned devices and how a business can protect itself.
Navigating the outcomes of disciplinary hearings can be challenging and it is important for managers to decide on the outcomes which are fair and reasonable. In this blog, we walk you through the various possible outcomes of disciplinary hearings.
This post provides the steps on how to conduct a disciplinary hearing and what needs to be considered. The guidance assumes that any necessary investigations have been undertaken and that there is a disciplinary case to answer.
Changes are coming to the legislation around flexible working requests. In this blog post we’ll set out what the changes are and what you need to be doing.
In the UK, there is a requirement for certain businesses to submit data on employee pay to the government as part of gender pay gap reporting. In this post we’ll explore what is meant by the term “gender pay gap”, which companies need to complete gender pay gap reporting, and how you go about doing…
Company liability at corporate events has come up for our clients on a number of occasions, and there has been an interesting case ruling that we think people should be aware of. In this post, we’ll review the case ruling and what employers can do to minimise risks.
Suspending an employee used to be the first action when an employee may have committed an act of gross misconduct. It was also very normal for employees to be suspended during redundancy processes. This post looks at the current law on suspension and when you should and should not suspend an employee.
Working out holiday entitlement may seem like an easy task and, if you have only full-time, permanent employees, it is! However, what about calculating holiday for people on zero-hour contracts, those who work irregular hours, or those who work only in term-time? The method used previously is now not applicable in every scenario, so we…
With veganism estimated to have had a 360% rise in the UK during the past decade, and with many more people becoming vegans in the future, we have to consider whether veganism should have a protected status in the workplace.
When the probation period is failed, there is the question as to whether an employee has a right to be accompanied at the meeting in which they are told that they are being dismissed. The purpose of this post is to help employers understand where they stand and whether the right to be accompanied should…
Over the last few years, we have seen a sharp increase from businesses who are looking to offer a visa sponsorship to workers who do not have the right to work in the UK. In this post, we’ll outline some of the key areas that you should be aware of if this is something that…
On 1st October 2022, the way in which companies check right to work documents changed. This article summarises the new rules, and provides reminders for conducting right to work checks and the penalties you can face for employing individuals who do not have the right to work in the UK.
Employees have a right to appeal decisions relating to certain HR processes and in this blog post we look at this right in more detail so that you can understand when it applies and how you should deal with appeals.
Many of our clients have policies in place which set out clearly what their position is and yet they all tend to contain the phrase “Any variation from this policy is entirely at management discretion”. Clients have found themselves being accused of discrimination because they have treated individuals differently, so is it really possible to…
An extra public holiday has been announced for 3rd June 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. For many employers, they will simply give everyone an additional paid day off but is this something that employers have to do or it is something over which you have a choice?
Holiday calculations can often be confusing, for example, if someone joins or leaves a company part-way through a year, or what happens with holiday when on maternity leave. This blog post answers the questions we receive most frequently on how to calculate employee holiday.
Changing terms and conditions of employment can be difficult. We’ve recently had a number of our clients ask whether they can change their employees’ terms and conditions of employment, particularly following a TUPE transfer. A simple answer is yes you can, but you need to follow a diligent process and be aware of potential pitfalls.
At this time of year employee absenteeism can be on the rise. It’s not the coughs and colds that lead to the “I’m too ill to work” telephone calls, it tends to be more related to sunburn and Pimms! Obviously, it can be very difficult to prove that someone isn’t genuinely ill but there are…
Many employers have a list of behaviours in their employee disciplinary policy that constitute gross misconduct. If an employee commits one of these ‘crimes’ then the outcome is clear, right? Well, not necessarily. This post sets out the process and considerations that you need to make before dismissing an employee on the grounds of gross…
Typically, gagging orders are included in settlement agreements for legitimate reasons but they have been used to cover up matters that organisations would prefer others to not find out about. This post provides insights into what you can do when it comes to gagging orders and what to avoid.
Any employee who has more than 26 weeks’ service has a legal right to request flexible working which covers not just the hours that they work, but also where they work from. This post gives insight into the rules and what you, as an employer, should do when you receive a flexible working request.
Were it not for COVID-19, Brexit is a subject that would have received far more press coverage across 2020 but there have simply been other more pressing matters to deal with. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that Brexit is happening and it’s essential that business owners and managers know the changes and…
You’ve made some redundancies in line with the needs of your business. However, things change and sometimes new recruits are needed again shortly after a redundancy process. So now what? This post provides guidance for employers and managers into what you should and should not do regarding rehiring after redundancy.
On 17 March, 2020, the government announced the postponement of the changes to IR35 legislation until April 2021. This is in reaction to the more immediate concerns regarding businesses management of the impact of the coronavirus well-being measures on their business and the wider economy.
The new Points Based System is not as complicated as feared, however, it is important for businesses which sponsor and employ EU nationals to be aware of the key areas of this new legislation in regards to sponsoring EU nationals and what it means for individual companies.
TUPE has been in place in the UK since 1981 and yet remains one of the most complicated and frustrating piece of employment legislation. Nonetheless, it’s here to stay for now so we thought it would be prudent to answer the most FAQs we receive on TUPE.
The Good Work Plan includes recommendations from the Taylor report (Jul-17) which are being incorporated into UK employment law, including three significant employment contract and policy changes that are set to come into force.
If you don’t work with contractors or freelancers then this blog post isn’t really for you. If you do, then you should keep reading as there are changes coming that could have a big impact on your workforce and which place additional responsibilities on you as a company.
Dealing with a death of an employee can be a tragic and challenging time. Fortunately, it is unlikely to happen that often so you shouldn’t have to deal with it regularly. It’s never a nice time and your focus is likely to be on many things, so here are a few steps that can help…
Insights into the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as Jack’s Law, will provide a statutory right to a minimum of 2 weeks’ leave for all employed parents if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Age discrimination legislation has been around since 2006. Despite this, some workplaces still seem to be catching up with the idea that inappropriate references to age in the workplace can land them in the same kind of legal nightmare as inappropriate references to gender or race.
There’s nothing like a possible redundancy process to make people pay attention to their length of service. For the first time since they signed their employment contract, people will be looking for confirmation of when their service started so that they can check their redundancy calculations. It is at this stage that we often find…
The question arises frequently as to whether evidence gathered this way is admissible in an employment tribunal case and also whether undertaking covert recording is a criminal act. As with many things in employment law, there is no definitive answer to these questions, however we can provide some guidance.
Now we know employment contracts are not the most exciting of topics but they can become exciting when you want to rely on them to protect your business! Employment law and employment law interpretation change constantly but when was the last time you updated your contract?
Shared Parental Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave are all types of Family Leave that are available to working parents. They are complex pieces of legislation that have left many employers unclear as to what the rules are around pay and in particular, where do men and women need to be treated the same.
The requirement for notice to be given is understood by everyone however, whilst this might seem like a rather straight forward process, there are circumstances that make experienced managers hesitant. In this blog we clarify how notice provisions should apply.
We know that this is now our third blog post in fairly quick succession on holidays but it’s a topic that we get a lot of questions about. This post covers quite a specific area of holiday leave, providing insights into managing an employee’s sick leave when public and bank holidays are included in their…
Whilst the smoking ban is quite straightforward, the concept of e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ is still causing confusion with employers. Whilst not entirely risk-free, vaping is considered to be around 95% safer than normal smoking so should vaping at work be allowed?
This post looks at contractual holiday entitlements and contract wording. Your employment contract will have a clause that deals with the holidays and it will usually be pretty brief and will cover all the basics. Whilst the contractual holiday clause is rather short, the actual wording will be important.
We’ve had a lot of cases recently when questions have arisen regarding an employee’s right to be accompanied at various meetings. Given that it’s something that has come up quite frequently we thought we’d take this opportunity to provide you with some more information on this right and how it works.
An overview of what TUPE is, when it generally applies and what the basic responsibilities are for the employers involved.
When a key employee leaves your organisation, one of your concerns may be whether they are about to steal your clients and intellectual property. It is common practice to include post-termination restrictions within your employment contract to limit this. Our post covers what you should consider to ensure the covenants are enforceable.
Recording employees without their knowledge can present human rights issues and we would never suggest that this is something a business does routinely. However, a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) hearing has seen case law tested in this area. The case looked at whether employers could undertake covert surveillance in order to prove fraud.
One employee issue our clients often worry about is having an employee resign and claim constructive dismissal based on dissatisfaction with some element of their employment or how they have been managed. This post provides insights so that you can understand the types of situations where these claims could be a risk to your business.
The area of whether or not covert recordings can be used as evidence in employment tribunals has always been fairly complicated but there have been important developments that mean employers need to exercise additional caution.
In late 2014, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) handed down a long-awaited decision regarding how businesses should be calculating holiday pay. This article provides a summary of the ruling and how it may impact your business and employment contracts.
This week we thought it would be worth sharing a cautionary tale with you regarding the impact a lack of an employment contract can have.
Managing long-term employee absence can present a real challenge to all businesses but particularly to small and medium sized companies. Whilst the financial burden of long-term absence can be managed through insurance schemes and statutory sick pay, the practical issue of “who performs this work?” presents a far larger challenge.
There have been two cases in recent months which have reinforced the need to ensure that your employment contract reflects the reality of the working relationship you have with your employees. We provide insight into these cases then guidance on employment contracts.