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    Features & Articles

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

    GQ Employment Law recently hosted the first in a regular series of webinars ‘Have I Got Employment News for You? - LIVE!’ providing the latest updates on employment and HR law in the UK and internationally. Read more...
    The French Supreme Court has recently handed down two employment decisions which will be of interest to clients with operations in the country. Read more...
    A police officer was sacked after being caught on tv at the races celebrating his horse’s win after having called in sick. Read more...
    There are few scenarios that are more frustrating for a business than dealing with an employee or former employee who has an inflated view of the value of his/her claim. Read more...
    Construction firm Mears has banned its workers from heavy stubble or beards on the grounds of health and safety. Read more...
    The TUPE Regulations* protect the rights of employees on the sale of a business providing for their automatic transfer to the purchaser with continuity of service. Read more...
    This case involved a maths teacher who was dismissed for capability reasons and who unsuccessfully appealed against her dismissal. Read more...
    In a strongly worded unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court has found that fees charged to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal are unlawful. Read more...
    On Tuesday 11th July, the UK government published Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. The Taylor Review was commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to consider how the UK labour market can address challenges of modern working practices. Read more...
    On 23 - 25 May and 26 June 2017, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) in London, which handles collective disputes and other issues relating to union recognition and rights, heard a claim for union recognition by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which represents Deliveroo riders in the Camden area of London. Read more...
    A quick look at Employment Tribunal statistics for the beginning of this year. Read more...
    Dismissals in Italy can be difficult. Read more...
    Recently the Supreme Court held that a day’s pay in the context of a monthly contract is calculated as 1/365 of the yearly salary (Hartley and ors v King Edward VI College [2017] UKSC 39). Read more...
    No, said a recent decision of the Court of Appeal. Read more...
    Well who expected that result? What does the Conservative Party’s potential tie up with the Democratic Ulster Unionist Party (DUP) mean for the future of employment law? Read more...
    Controversial changes to the taxation of termination payments have been dropped. Read more...
    In just over a week’s time the country will go to the polls to elect a new government. How will this affect potential employment policies and what could this mean for the world of work? Read more...
    Ahead of the general election on 8 June 2017, Jeremy Corbyn has proposed to give the UK four extra bank holidays on each nation’s patron saint day. Read more...
    In this case, the Claimant, Mr Gnahoua, was awarded only £2 as compensation after he was denied the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing by his employer. Read more...
    It remains to be seen how, following the UK general election, the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU will unfold over the next couple of years. Read more...
    GQ has very recently joined Littler Global, an integrated association of law firms across the world offering a single source solution to international businesses. Read more...
    We have taken the opportunity in this newsletter to share some zero hour contracts trends. Read more...
    When does an employee’s employment terminate when they are on holiday and only read the termination letter on their return? Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood (Court of Appeal) Read more...
    A council worker sued his employer over the placement of a pot plant which he considered to be racially motivated. Read more...
    O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy [2017] EWCA Civ 145 Read more...
    We have been fielding a growing number of enquiries from overseas businesses wanting to set up shop in the UK. Read more...
    Often in contracts or settlement agreements, instead of providing that a party must achieve a particular outcome, we allow that party to simply try to achieve the outcome. Read more...
    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...