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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

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.


Articles & Blogs Employment Public Sector

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.


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Penalties for Unpaid Tribunal Awards

Friday, 29 January 2016

The government has confirmed its intention to introduce the new 'unpaid award penalties' from April 2016.


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Taxing Matters - How far does an employer's duty of care extend?

Friday, 22 January 2016

A recent Pensions Ombudsman Determination decided that an employer had a duty of care to provide its employee with important information regarding tax implications in respect of their retirement benefits.


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First Report on Transgender Equality is Published

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Women and Equalities Committee has published a report on transgender equality.


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Employers Monitoring Employee's Private Messages

Friday, 22 January 2016

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights (the 'ECHR') has held that an employer's monitoring of their employee's communications at work was not a violation of the employee's right to respect for private and family life.


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Selecting Comparators in Age Discrimination Claim

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal ('EAT') has considered the question of comparators in an age discrimination claim including whether the circumstances of younger workers were materially different to those of older workers in a redundancy exercise.


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Employment Law - What to Expect in 2016

Friday, 15 January 2016

We've summarised below a number of the key changes to employment law anticipated in 2016.


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Pensions - Do employees have to be auto enrolled if not based in the UK?

Friday, 15 January 2016

A recent High Court case has highlighted the need to clarify whether workers not wholly based in the UK are eligible for auto enrolment.


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Sponsoring Migrants - Risks and Pitfalls

Friday, 15 January 2016

Migrant workers and those organisations that use and rely on them are under the spotlight as never before.


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Mind the (Pay) Gap

Friday, 15 January 2016

Pay differentials continue to come under scrutiny with the forthcoming introduction of Gender Pay Gap Reporting, and a recent report highlighting the disparity between remuneration for FTSE 100 Chief executives and the average employee.