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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Employment

Buying Out Benefits - what's the appropriate tax treatment?

Friday, 26 February 2016

In a recent decision, the First-tier Tax Tribunal considered the correct tax treatment of a lump sum payment made to compensate an employee for the loss of certain benefits.


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The use of Dropbox Fails to Validly Lodge Appeal Documents

Friday, 26 February 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that the use of online file sharing service Dropbox did not validly serve a notice of appeal.


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Update - Lock v British Gas: Commission and Holiday Pay

Friday, 26 February 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that UK legislation must be interpreted in accordance with European law so that commission payments are included when calculating holiday pay.


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Apprenticeship Levies Update - Draft Legislation Published

Friday, 19 February 2016

The HMRC have now published draft legislation, to be included in the Finance Bill 2016, to introduce the apprenticeship levy.


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City Trader's Dismissal for Breach of Confidentiality Unfair

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Employment Tribunal has held that an employee's dismissal for the sharing of confidential client information with traders from other banks was unfair.


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Does the period of time an employee is laid off have to be reasonable?

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that there is no implied term of reasonableness regarding the length of a period of lay off.


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Gender Pay Gap - Draft Regulations Published

Friday, 19 February 2016

The government has published the draft Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 (the Regulations).


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Name-Blind Recruitment is to be Rolled out Across the Public Sector

Friday, 12 February 2016

Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has outlined plans to roll out name-blind recruitment across the public sector by 2020.


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How should an employer deal with allegations of harassment relating to trade union membership?

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Court of Appeal have confirmed that an employer's failure to properly deal with incidents where members of one trade union antagonised a prominent member of another trade union amounted to unlawful detriment.


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Manual Lifting of up to 25kg Held to be a 'Normal Day to Day' Activity in Disability Discrimination Claim

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the manual lifting and moving of cases weighing up to 25kg fell within the scope of 'normal day -to -day activities' for the purposes of disability under the Equality Act 2010.


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New National Minimum Wage Regulations Published

Friday, 05 February 2016

The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 will come into force on 1 April 2016.


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Early Conciliation not Required Before Applying to Join New Respondent to Existing Claim

Friday, 05 February 2016

In the recent case of Mist v Derby Community NHS Trust, it was held that it was not necessary for a claimant to go through the early conciliation (EC) process again before applying to join a new respondent to the proceedings.


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Government Consultations - Public Sector Apprenticeship Levies and Closed Recruitment

Friday, 05 February 2016

As part of a wider review of apprenticeship schemes, the government has published its consultation paper on public sector apprenticeship targets.


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The Trade Union Bill - what is an 'Important Public Service' and what ballot threshold applies?

Friday, 29 January 2016

The Government undertook several consultations in relation to the new Trade Union Bill in the summer of 2015. The Government has now released its response to the consultation detailing the proposed ballot thresholds in important public services.


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ACAS Early Conciliation - what if the employee contacts ACAS before their employment ends?

Friday, 29 January 2016

An employment tribunal judge has decided that the whole early conciliation period should be added to the usual three month limitation period where the employee contacts ACAS prior to the date their employment terminated.