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Zero-hours contracts. In this blog we look at some of the practical considerations and potential pitfalls of using these types of contracts.

A zero-hours contract is a type of contract used by employers under which a worker or employee has no set hours of work. There is no obligation on the employer to guarantee any hours of work and the employee is paid only for the work that is done. The House of Commons Briefing Paper (published [...]

Zero-hours contracts. In this blog we look at some of the practical considerations and potential pitfalls of using these types of contracts.2019-09-16T12:09:59+01:00

To vape or not to vape, that is the question. What is the current law on smoke-free workplaces and how should employers now deal with electronic cigarettes?

On 16 July 2019, a US company called, Ignite launched its UK sales of cannabidiol (or CBD), a legal bi-product of Cannabis, which can be used in electronic cigarettes. With increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes or “vaping” and the expectation that CBD will only increase its popularity, employers are advised to decide sooner rather than [...]

To vape or not to vape, that is the question. What is the current law on smoke-free workplaces and how should employers now deal with electronic cigarettes?2019-07-18T12:36:39+01:00

Stress in the workplace. What are the issues and what should employers do to mitigate them?

With recent press coverage focusing on millennials in the workplace and their inability to cope with the pressures of work, it’s more important than ever for employers to be aware of their legal obligations and how to manage this growing problem. In this short blog we look at the steps that can be taken by [...]

Stress in the workplace. What are the issues and what should employers do to mitigate them?2019-05-31T10:52:15+01:00

The Good Work Plan – A much needed boost for workers’ rights or just another cost for small businesses?

  The government published The Good Work Plan on 17 December 2018, setting out what it described as "the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years". The plan, which builds on the government response to the Taylor Review recommendations, outlines a plan to legislate to improve working conditions for those working in the 'gig' economy. The vast [...]

The Good Work Plan – A much needed boost for workers’ rights or just another cost for small businesses?2019-05-31T10:54:12+01:00

Sexual harassment in the workplace – employers should watch this space…..

Following the shocking revelations regarding widespread sexual harassment across the entertainment and film industry in 2017 and the continuing exposure of similar cases by the #MeToo campaign, the Women and Equalities Commission has produced a report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Employers should be alert to the changes which may come into force following [...]

Sexual harassment in the workplace – employers should watch this space…..2019-05-31T10:56:20+01:00

Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a “worker”

Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a "worker". This decision could have far-reaching implications for many modern businesses, which include a structure based on a collection of self-employed sub-contractors. The emergence of the gig economy and the many opportunities for flexible and casual working arrangements has further muddied the waters on employment status.  An individual’s [...]

Supreme Court judgement confirms self-employed plumber is a “worker”2019-07-04T13:04:55+01:00

EMPLOYER ALERT! The law is changing…is your business GDPR compliant?

EMPLOYER ALERT! The law is changing...is your business GDPR compliant? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It is complex legislation to which every employer must not only comply but also show how that compliance is achieved. Employers need to be aware of the new regulations coming into force [...]

EMPLOYER ALERT! The law is changing…is your business GDPR compliant?2019-07-04T13:06:20+01:00

Is your business properly equipped to deal with the growing issue of mental health?

Mental health issues are the major cause of all staff absence yet still people often feel unsupported and stigmatized when they return to work after an extended period of absence due to anxiety or depression.  Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Although the symptoms are [...]

Is your business properly equipped to deal with the growing issue of mental health?2019-07-04T13:06:42+01:00

Employment Tribunal fees ruled unlawful

Employment Tribunal fees ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court in the long-running case brought by the Trade Union, UNISON. The General Secretary for UNISON, Dave Prentis said: "This is absolutely a tremendous victory, it's probably the biggest victory of employment rights in this country." UNISON argued that tribunal fees prevented workers getting access to justice as they were unaffordable. [...]

Employment Tribunal fees ruled unlawful2019-07-04T13:07:00+01:00