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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.

    The Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that a worker is entitled to holiday pay he accrued over a period of 13 years of self-employment. Read more...
    Whether a multinational must translate employee communications overseas traditionally never got asked very often. Decades ago, multinationals ran their international operations as siloed units. Read more...
    This is part one of a series of articles exploring the employment law regime in jurisdictions where businesses may be considering moving some of their staff post-Brexit. It is intended to provide a high-level overview of the local regime, drawing out the main legal requirements to consider. This month’s focus: The Republic of Ireland. Read more...
    Ghana International Bank’s second most senior executive was sacked recently after picking up £350,000 in cash from Osei Tutu II, one of Africa’s wealthiest rulers, and taking a taxi to deposit it at the bank. Read more...
    A tribunal has held that a man who ‘humped’ a table in front of colleagues had not committed an act of gross misconduct and was therefore unfairly dismissed. Read more...
    Last month, a Tesco superstore in Reading was forced to close after an ex-security guard climbed into the roof of the store and refused to come down for more than 20 hours. Read more...
    Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn budget on 22 November 2017. The most significant development for employers was buried under the unassuming heading of “Off-payroll working in the private sector”. Read more...
    We are now some five months into the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU, and even hard line Brexiteers would agree that things are proceeding…slowly. Read more...
    Worker status is once again making headlines, with a number of important developments since our last update. Read more...
    On the 9th of November we celebrated the joining up of GQ and Littler at the Wohl Room of the National Gallery. Read more...
    The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down its judgment in in Bărbulescu v Romania following an appeal from the Chamber of the ECtHR’s decision in January 2016 (read our analysis of that decision here). Read more...
    An air stewardess, whose pay was reduced due to her larger dress size, has won her discrimination claim in the Russian courts. Read more...
    A recent survey of the Institute of Directors members found that 30% of its members haven’t heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) and 40% didn’t know if their business would be affected by it. Read more...
    Multinationals inevitably vary their employee compensation packages—their pay rates, employee incentives, bonus plans, benefits offerings—by country of employment. It is pointless to inquire into some multinational’s entry-level total compensation package for its managers, engineers, in-house lawyers, computer techs, punch-press operators, cashiers, secretaries, truck drivers or fry cooks without specifying their place of employment. Read more...
    Prior to the release of the iPhone X in September this year, a US based vlogger uploaded a video showing an organised visit to the Apple site in California with her father, who was working as an Apple engineer. Read more...
    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...