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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.

    As members of Littler Read more...
    Over the summer months, several large redundancies and restructuring processes have been reported across a range of companies including Tesco, RBS , Wilko and Asda. Read more...
    Clients who do business in France will no doubt be watching with interest the labour law reforms being rolled-out by President Macron. Read more...
    A few weeks ago, Google employee James Damore was fired for writing a paper entitled “Google’s Ideological Eco Chamber” in which he argued that the “abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these difference may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”. Read more...
    Disputes over the status of gig economy workers continue apace, with many claims ongoing and pending. Read more...
    Sports Direct is being investigated by the Welsh language commissioner for an apparent ban on staff speaking any language but English at their store in Bangor. Read more...
    Most all major U.S. employers, and many smaller ones, have issued and periodically update employee handbooks—staff guides explaining how the organization’s particular workplace works. Read more...
    HR professionals will be familiar with the concept of gender pay gaps, and larger organisations are likely to be some way into their planning for compliance with the UK’s gender pay gap reporting obligations Read more...
    In a late-August decision with potentially far-reaching implications for foreign and multinational employers Read more...
    There is nothing more satisfying for a certain type of lawyer than to help their clients find a loophole to get out of their obligations. Read more...
    Breach of interim injunction leads to individual being sent to prison This case, OCS Group UK Limited v Dadi & Ors, is about what happens when an individual breaches an interim injunction. Read more...
    A company which provides pathology services to the NHS, The Doctors Laboratory, is the second company to admit that it had wrongly classified some staff as independent contractors as opposed to workers. Read more...
    Over the last month, equal pay for men and women has been making headlines following the release of pay data for well-known celebrities. Read more...
    Following a failed Tribunal claim, Northumbria Police are attempting to recover nearly £600,000 in costs from a former employee. Read more...
    There is nothing more satisfying for a certain type of lawyer than to help their clients find a loophole to get out of their obligations. Read more...
    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...