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Sometimes you need a bit more detail on a subject - here are some more in-depth articles and features on key employment law topics.

Third-party funding for litigation – i.e. a party accepting investment from others to fund legal costs in exchange for an additional payment if the funded party is successful – is going from strength to strength in the UK. Read more...
New rules on regulatory references within banks, PRA designated investment firms and large insurers/reinsurers came into force on 7 March 2017. The rules apply to those undertaking senior management functions and significant harm functions. Read more...
In Boxer v Excel Group Services Ltd (in liquidation) the Employment Tribunal has delivered the latest chapter in the contractor/worker saga. Read more...
Below is a quick summary of the main changes due to come into force in April 2017, the most significant of these being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty. Read more...
One of our trusted friends in Dubai recently alerted us to a local law which can only be described as T.O.U.G.H. on employers. Read more...
Eating a pie on camera: a bit of a laugh or gross misconduct? Read more...
A BBC journalist has had her Employment Tribunal claim struck out for unreasonable conduct after the Tribunal found that she had discussed her own evidence with another journalist while the hearing was underway and she was still under oath. Read more...
In the latest instalment of the litigation relating to holiday pay, the Supreme Court have refused British Gas permission to appeal in the Lock v British Gas case. Read more...
How are you going to explain your 18% gender pay gap? Read more...
Register now for our free upcoming webinar on Brexit, HR and Immigration. Read more...
Marilyn Monroe once famously said “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!” Read more...
There has been much coverage of the requirement for financial services firms to provide more detailed references for senior employees, so this is just a reminder that the new rules come into force from 7 March 2017 and a refresher on the key requirements. Read more...
The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced new redundancy laws on 30 January this year. Read more...
We seem to be going through a period of enhanced industrial unrest. Read more...
Cases expected to broaden to age, race and gender discrimination claims. Following the publication yesterday of ACAS guidance on rules requiring large companies* to publish the differences between average pay and bonuses of their male and female employees, Paul Quain, Partner at GQ Employment Law, says: “We may start to see more group discrimination claims in the future as employers watch what is happening in the market nervously.” Read more...
2016 was a memorable year for many, from big potential changes to the political landscape with the Brexit and Trump votes, to an apparently large number of celebrity deaths. Read more...
The argument goes that the stricter the data protection law, the more it benefits society and individuals in turn are better protected from exposure. Read more...
The ‘gig economy’ has taken another hit following the recent judgment against CitySprint brought by a courier, Ms Dewhurst. Read more...
Since 1 January 2017, organisations in France with more than 50 workers are obliged to negotiate with employees to scope out the rights of employees to ignore their smartphones and emails following a report warning about the impact of “info-obesity” on the health of employees. Read more...
With the new year now well and truly underway, we have been thinking “big picture” and asking ourselves what trends* we think HR professionals need to be aware of. Read more...
In the past 12 months we have seen a significant increase in CSR and anti-slavery work, and we expect to see more in 2017. Read more...
The employment law world has taken centre stage recently when two Uber drivers successfully claimed they were “workers” and therefore entitled to receive the national minimum wage, holiday pay and certain other rights Read more...
Over 90 financial services firms have signed up to the government’s new Women in Finance Charter that aims to increase the number of women on financial firms’ corporate boards and executive committees. Read more...
Most of the headlines from ‘Spreadsheet Phil’s’ first Autumn Statement focused on Brexit, the national debt and fuel prices, but there were some important announcements affecting the workplace: Read more...
At the beginning of November two of our partners, Paul Quain and Daniel Pollard, partners at GQ, attended the Littler Global Europe Conference in Berlin speaking on panel sessions looking at future issues surrounding Big Data, Robotics, AI and the Automation in the workplace. Read more...
The Court of Appeal decided a high value bonus case in recent days that, notwithstanding that the employees were unsuccessful, reinforces the need for employers to draft bonus clauses very clearly, especially provisions setting out how a bonus award will be calculated. Read more...
Will Restrictive Covenants be upheld where junior employees are initially employed on agreements without restrictive covenants, but then later asked to sign six-month restrictive covenants? Read more...
An Employment Tribunal has found that a comparison between the pay of workers in different parts of the employer’s business is potentially valid. Read more...
We recently had to look at how a client can pay its foreign staff on assignment in Nigeria - specifically whether they can be paid in a foreign currency (USD is perpetually popular) or have to be paid in the local Nigerian currency (the naira, ₦). Read more...
A recent High Court decision on the fall-out of the departure of Jeremy Hosking from Marathon Asset Management has provided a helpful summary of when remuneration may be forfeited by partners for breach of fiduciary duties Read more...
When can an injunction which is deliberately timed to damage another party be refused on discretionary grounds? Read more...
Hillary Clinton’s health records Read more...
A case from the streets of Hull reminds us Read more...
French news sources have reported Read more...
A nursing home in Northern Ireland was fined £15,000 Read more...
Over recent months GQ has extended Read more...
There’s less than a month to go until the Labour leadership election, with challenger Owen Smith attempting to depose incumbent leader Jeremy Corbyn. Read more...
There’s less than a month to go until the Labour leadership election, with challenger Owen Smith attempting to depose incumbent leader Jeremy Corbyn. Read more...
I knew you were trouble Read more...
As we pause for breath between Team GB’s gold rush at the Olympics and the forthcoming Paralympics, to keep the carnival spirit going, we’ve been looking at employment law in Brazil (never say lawyers don’t know how to party!). Read more...
The government has produced new draft legislation on the taxation of termination payments aimed at clarifying the law in this area. Read more...
The EU’s new Market Abuse Regulation came into operation on 3 July this year. It replaced the old EU Market Abuse Directive. Read more...
Before, after and during the Brexit vote we have all been inundated with articles telling us what might happen if / when the UK leaves the EU. Read more...
Following a High Court battle, a former employee has been ordered to pay his ex-employer almost £30,000 in damages for breach of fidelity, breach of confidence and misuse of Company information. Read more...
For the second time in as many months, the headscarf has been the subject of a discrimination Opinion in the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’). Read more...
In the brink of the Brexit vote we have been asked by a number of clients how this impacts the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was scheduled to automatically come into force on 25 May 2018. Read more...
What a difference a month makes. Since our last newsletter, the UK has voted to leave the EU and has a new Prime Minister. Lots of opinions have been expressed about what Brexit means for employment law, but what do the next 2 years pre-Brexit have in store for us? Read more...
The High Court has made an interim order for the destruction of confidential information belonging to a former employer which had been taken by ex-employees and used by their new employer despite the fact that the Court could not find any previous authority for ordering the destruction of such material. Read more...
Regulations known as TUPE are designed to protect the rights of employees on the sale of a business or where there is a service provision change. Service provision changes most obviously occur where activities like cleaning or security are outsourced to a third party. Read more...
Claims are being brought in the Employment Tribunals, by cycle couriers to establish that they are employees or workers, rather than independent contractors, as the Companies state that they are. Read more...